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
new & notable July 22, 2014
The investigations and trials of alleged would-be terrorists are often rife with abuse, according to Human Rights Watch, an advocacy group
July 21, 2014
Expanded protection of young offenders could cost states federal aid if they don't comply
July 19, 2014
Hackers and free speech activists gather in New York to denounce what they call unprecedented government efforts to prosecute leakers
new & notable July 18, 2014
The Bureau of Justice Statistics reports that government spending on indigent defense steadily dropped from 2008 to 2012
July 17, 2014
An analysis of the state legislation passed in 2013, conducted by the non-profit Vera Institute of Justice, finds states are eschewing "t...
July 16, 2014
The unresolved tension between tough-on-crime supporters and reform advocates could delay meaningful change for years, say two leading cr...
new & notable July 15, 2014
Arrests of HIV-positive injection drug users are associated with increased risk of disease transmission, according to a study in the Jour...