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In re C.Z. (Kings Bench Petition)

May 15th, 2020, 3:04 PM

Although  it denied the April 7, 2020, King's Bench Petition, the Pennsylvania Supreme Court conceded that "[t]he potential outbreak of COVID-19 in facilities housing juveniles in detention poses an undeniable threat to the health of juvenile detainees, facility staff and their families, and the surrounding community" and that "action to mitigate the potential of a public health crisis is appropriate." The Justices thereby "directed President Judges to [...] consult with relevant county stakeholders to identify juveniles and/or classes of juveniles for potential release from placement to reduce the current and future populations of the institutions," and "undertake efforts to limit the introduction of new juveniles into the juvenile detention system during the COVID-19 pandemic."

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