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posted 04/29/19

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Gov. Tom Wolf is proposing a $5.1 million funding boost to the state’s oversight of residential juvenile programs, after Inquirer investigations into child abuse at the nation’s oldest reform school and the state’s failure to detect or stop it.
Residential programs that serve Philadelphia children should be required to install video cameras, train and pay staff well, and commit to reducing or eliminating the use of physical restraints, a group of local leaders said Tuesday.
U.S. Rep. Mary Gay Scanlon, a Democrat from Delaware County, introduced legislation on Tuesday that would make it easier for juveniles abused in residential facilities to hold them accountable in court.