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Senate Passes Baker Bills to Bring Reforms to Juvenile Justice System

Jun 12, 2011, Staff, Wayne Independent

Honesdale, Pa. — The state Senate today approved legislation sponsored by Senator Lisa Baker (R-20) to reform the juvenile justice system and protect the fundamental rights of kids entering the system.
"It is hard to imagine anything worse than what happened in Luzerne County," Baker said.  "Today we have moved one step closer to preventing the possibility that such a perversion of justice could be visited on any courtroom in this Commonwealth again."

Baker's bills will:
Eliminate waiving counsel in juvenile delinquency hearings
Create a victim advocate devoted to juvenile justice
Require judges to state on the record the reasons behind disposition orders
Prohibit shackling of juveniles in the courtroom

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