By Ryan Briggs, WHYY, March 19, 2020
Criminal justice advocates are calling for the early release of more than 100 children stuck in Philadelphia’s primary juvenile detention center during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Communications obtained by WHYY indicated that 150 children were being held in the city-run Juvenile Justice Services Center on Monday. Marsha Levick, co-founder and Chief Legal Officer for advocacy group Juvenile Law Center called for the release of many of those children.
“We need to make sure we can get the kids out who don’t need to be there,” she said. “For the kids that have to remain there, and hopefully that’s a small number, we need to make sure they have soap and sanitizer and that we’re educating them about the need for social distancing.”