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.
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special report May 26, 2016
As presidential candidates focus on the opioid epidemic, grassroots initiatives are transforming the national debate about drugs.
May 25, 2016
Will rising crime and tough rhetoric from Donald Trump and a coterie of GOP hardliners weaken the emerging conservative consensus on just...
special report May 24, 2016
In Pennsylvania's Cumberland County, African Americans are more likely to face criminal prosecution than whites. And the racial dispariti...
special report May 23, 2016
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new & notable May 20, 2016
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new & notable May 19, 2016
A new BJS study finds the number of prisoners aged 55 or older increased more than five-fold between 1993 and 2013.
May 18, 2016
$103m earmarked for addiction prevention and treatment, and for training in use of overdose-reversal drugs.