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Local judge named to top juvenile law board

"Delaware County Probate/Juvenile Court Judge David Hejmanowski has been named to the Federal Advisory Committee on Juvenile Justice, the federal committee that directly advises the White House and Congress on juvenile justice issues."

Beaten, then silenced

"At the oldest U.S. reform school for boys, leaders of the prestigious Glen Mills Schools in Pennsylvania have hidden a long history of violence."

Juvenile court eliminates detention fees

“'From an economic standpoint, the continued collection made no sense for the court and the county,' Hejmanowski said. 'We collected only a few thousand dollars a year from these costs, waived the vast majority of them because the children against whom they were assessed were indigent, but spent massive amounts of time and money, inputting, tracking, attempting collection, and then waiving and deleting the costs from our records. It costs far more to track them than we were collecting. The practice was not an efficient use of taxpayer dollars.'”

Nationwide Children's Hospital Studies Suicides By Incarcerated Youths

"A U.S. Department of Justice survey found that from 2010 to 2014, incarcerated children had suicide rates two to three times higher than their peers in the general population."

Juvenile Bail Reform

"The National Juvenile Defender Center (NJDC) is launching a project with its partners to address the use of cash bail in juvenile courts and ensure that children’s liberty interests are secured."

Juvenile Defense Policy and Practice Career Resource Guide

"NDJC has created this electronic guide to raise the profile of juvenile-specific defense as a career. It is intended for law students interested in pursuing juvenile defense as a career and includes information on coursework and externships that will help strengthen a candidate’s application in the juvenile defense field; resources to guide in the search for juvenile defense jobs, fellowships, and funding opportunities; and a list of offices around the country that provide employment and internship opportunities specific to juvenile defense."