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
July 3, 2015
Opponents of new bill charge that more regulations would “mess up” progress
July 2, 2015
The Secret Service gives the criminal justice reformer an uncomfortable reminder of the barriers facing ex-prisoners
new & notable July 1, 2015
Federal prosecutors reject a "whopping" 87 percent of hate crime referrals, according to a Syracuse University report
June 30, 2015
An Illinois lawsuit claims “deliberate indifference’ to the needs of the state’s 11,000 mentally ill prisoners.
special report June 29, 2015
Is isolating troubled kids solitary confinement? A California debate draws national attention.
June 26, 2015
Sensenbrenner, Scott join forces in House with bill to overhaul drug sentences and curtail 'over-criminalization
new & notable June 25, 2015
The findings of a new study of domestic violence weapons confiscation finds inconclusive results