The funds come from real estate developer Robert Mericle, who built two for-profit youth detention facilities that replaced the Luzerne County detention center. Two judges accepted more than $2 million in payments from Mericle and regularly jailed teens at the facilities. Most young people will get $500 to $5,000; parents will be reimbursed for court costs and fines ordered by the now-disgraced judges.
TCR at a Glance
January 29, 2015
As the Super Bowl looms, critics debate whether the league’s new Personal Conduct Policy goes too far—or not far enough
new & notable January 27, 2015
Violent and property crimes decline in all major categories, according to the federal agency’s Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime...
January 26, 2015
The complexities of the legal system and the broad powers given to police make it harder to crack down on errant officers, lawyers say
January 22, 2015
Electronic license plate readers are a new surveillance tool for law enforcement. Privacy advocates say the public deserves access to the...
new & notable January 21, 2015
New York saw a 35 percent increase in the number of defendants diverted to treatment after 2009 reforms, according to the Vera Institute ...
new & notable January 20, 2015
New York is one of just two states that tries 16- and 17-year-old defendants as adults
new & notable January 19, 2015
A parole system that better supervises low-level offenders could save the state hundreds of millions, according to the non-profit Council...