Harrisburg – The Pennsylvania Senate on Wednesday voted to pass State Senator Stewart J. Greenleaf’s Senate Bill 1197, legislation that improves Pennsylvania’s juvenile justice system.
Senate Bill 1197 amends the Juvenile Act so that juveniles receive the same protections in the Philadelphia Municipal Court or the courts of common pleas as juveniles who appear in juvenile court.
The bill also clarifies provisions of law allowing for the expungement of juvenile records; provides for the transfer of juvenile case dispositions from the Administrative Office of Pennsylvania Courts to the Pennsylvania State Police; and requires certain juvenile sex offenders to register their whereabouts pursuant to the federal Adam Walsh Child Protection and Safety Act.
“This bill continues our efforts to make sure juveniles are given special treatment whether they are before a juvenile court judge or in another Pennsylvania court,” said Senator Greenleaf. “The issue of expungement is important, as well, because many juveniles are applying for jobs, college or the military, and having a clean record will help them achieve their potential.”
Senate Bill 1197 now goes to the Governor for his signature.