Kids-for-cash laws signed at scene of crime
Apr 10, 2012, Dave Janoski, Scranton Times Tribune
WILKES-BARRE - Gov. Tom Corbett signed two bills Monday bolstering the rights of juvenile court defendants at the Luzerne County Courthouse, where two judges collected millions for sending juveniles to for-profit detention centers in a "kids-for-cash" scheme.
The new laws require that juvenile defendants be represented by counsel in most cases and that juvenile court judges state in open court the reasoning behind their sentencing decisions.
In 2009, the state Supreme Court invalidated about…
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