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Kids in Cuffs: Can Governments Afford to Put Children in Adult Jails?

Under Pennsylvania law, as in other states, children can be charged as adults, and placed in adult facilities, for certain felonies; but the federal government mandates they be held ‘out of sight and sound” from adults. That often adds an extra burden to local authorities, even as it does little to rehabilitate the young person, according to advocates.

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Driving While Poor: How Unpaid Traffic Fines Land Some Motorists in Jail

Virginia legislators may soon end a policy of suspending driver’s licenses for non-payment of fines that critics say amounts to a penalty for being poor. Low-income motorists who need their cars to get to work—and to earn the money to pay their traffic debts— can face jail if they’re caught driving illegally.