Session: 2023–2024

ACLU-PA Position: Supports

HB 1381 (PN 2049) is an omnibus bill that would make numerous, desperately needed improvements to the juvenile justice system, including:

  • Eliminating direct file, the practice of automatically charging children as if they were adults;
  • Requiring diversion for many lower level charges;
  • Limiting school referral to juvenile court;
  • Raising the minimum age of juvenile court jurisdiction from 10 to 13, or 12 in the most serious cases;
  • Prohibiting pre-trial detention for youth under 14 and some other youth;
  • Eliminating juvenile fines and fees, and limiting restitution;
  • Capping the length of juvenile probation;
  • Requiring juvenile-specific Miranda rights;
  • Eliminating solitary in juvenile facilities with some exceptions; and
  • Raising the age of transfer from juvenile to adult court from 14 to 16.

In the memo below, our allies at the Juvenile Law Center provide a comprehensive analysis of the problems plaguing the juvenile justice system and how HB 1381 proposes to address many of those deficiencies.

Check the bill's status here.


Representative Dan Miller



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