D.C. parents denied access to children’s juvenile justice records


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A mother and father can’t access most information the District’s juvenile justice agency has on their children, Washington DC’s highest court has ruled.

But the public needs access to the information inside the sealed records to hold government agencies accountable, said Matt Fraidin, a law professor at the University of the District of Columbia who focuses on child welfare issues.

Last year, The Washington Examiner reported that Shelby Lewis, a pimp who operated in Maryland and D.C., gained custody of a 12-year-old girl and then sold her into prostitution. The records on how the girl ended up in Lewis’ custody are sealed. Lewis was sentenced to 20 years in prison on Nov. 1.

Parents — and the public — “ought to be able to know why government agencies make decisions that dramatically and profoundly affect their lives and their children’s lives,” Fraidin said.

Read more at the Washington Examiner: http://www.washingtonexaminer.com/local/D_C_-parents-denied-access-to-children_s-juvenile-justice-records-1541707-107562973.html#ixzz15P3XdXvJ

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