Changes made in wake of Pennsylvania's Kids for Cash scandal

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A total of 57 rule changes and amendments dealing with young people in courts in Pennsylvania have been made in the wake of what has become known as the Kids for Cash scandal.

Among the changes: Juveniles will not be restrained in a courtroom unless it's necessary for safety of court personnel; juveniles are required to be represented by an attorney; and an expedited appeals process now exists when juveniles are removed from their homes.

Pennsylvania Supreme Court Chief Justice Ronald D. Castille issued his final update on the state's juvenile justice system at a conference Monday in Hershey.

Following a series of recommendations issued by the Interbranch Commission on Juvenile Justice in May 2010, the final report by Justice Castille outlined changes made to the state's juvenile system since the arrest of two Luzerne County judges who were sentenced to federal prison for taking millions of dollars in kickbacks in exchange for sentencing juvenile offenders to two for-profit detention centers.

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