Protecting juvenile records

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Guests: Riya Saha Shah, George Mosee, Dina Lexine Sarver

According to a new report the records of juvenile offenders in the majority of states are widely accessible. Few states do a good job of keeping youth offender’s records confidential, sealed or expunged. This access prevents many young people from finding jobs, getting into schools or securing housing after serving their sentences, making rehabilitation difficult. This hour, we’ll look at why so many states fail to protect juvenile’s records with RIYA SAHA SHAH, attorney with Juvenile Law Center and the author of a new study on the issue and GEORGE MOSEE JR., deputy district attorney in charge of the Juvenile Division for Philadelphia. We’ll also hear from DINA LEXINE SARVER about the barriers she’s encountered trying to restart her life after serving a sentence for auto theft when she was 15-years-old.

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