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Kids for Ca$h Debuts this Friday, February 28

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reposted with permission from the Juvenile Law Center.

kidsForCashJuvenile Law Center would like to let you know about a new film that debuts this Friday, February 28th, in theaters in New York, Chicago, Atlanta, Miami, and Denver (and in Los Angeles; Washington, D.C.; and New Orleans in the coming weeks).

Kids for Ca$h chronicles the Luzerne County, PA “kids-for-cash” judicial corruption scandal, which Juvenile Law Center uncovered in 2007 and continues to litigate. The film is produced and directed by Robert May, who also produced The Station Agent and the Oscar-winning film The Fog of War.

The film shines a bright light on many issues facing youth today, including harsh zero-tolerance policies that needlessly push kids into the justice system; barriers to access to counsel for youth who are facing system involvement; and the high emotional and financial burden that unnecessary juvenile justice system involvement places on kids, families, and taxpayers. Juvenile Law Center is currently taking a closer look at these issues in its blog series, Lessons from “Kids for Cash,” at

On February 28, in New York, Academy Award-winning actress Kathy Bates will moderate a Q&A with director Robert May following the 7:15 p.m. showing of Kids for Ca$h  at the AMC Village 7.

You can watch the official trailer for the movie below. Click here to find a theater in your city.

One thought on “Kids for Ca$h Debuts this Friday, February 28
  • Our own Marsha Levick, on our NITA faculty, serves as Deputy Director and Chief Counsel of the Juvenile Law Center in Philadelphia. In addition to tonight’s film opening event in New York with Kathy Bates, Marsha appeared on Katie Couric’s show yesterday, 2/27/14, to talk about the case and the intractable issue of juvenile justice. Thank you, Marsha, for your work to redeem justice for Matt and for the light you shine on flaws in justice for juveniles in the US. Congratulations!!

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