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Amicus brief filed in The City of Philadelphia v. DHS

On June 20, 2023, Kelly Darr and Rhonda Brownstein, together with Juvenile Law Center, filed the amicus brief in the Commonwealth case of The City of Philadelphia v. DHS, No. 516 MD 2022. The brief worked to highlight the egregious conditions and harms youth were facing at the Juvenile Justice Services Center in Philadelphia. The Center was at 30% overcapacity with children sleeping on the floor in windowless rooms and spaces. Approximately 70% of youth in the PJJSC and the state Youth Development Centers have mental health and other disabilities that make them particularly vulnerable to abuse, neglect, and victimization.

Read the Press Release and the Inquirer Article.