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Juvenile Abuse at Detention Centers and Boot Camps

Juvenile abuse at detention centers is a serious problem. The Philadelphia child injury lawyers at our firm understand that juvenile abuse at detention centers is completely unacceptable. When our lawyers hear that a loved one has been abused at a juvenile detention center, we fight for those kids the same way they would for any child injury.

We all want our kids to grow up to become productive and law-abiding citizens, so it is important to teach them discipline from a young age. When children and teens get into trouble with the law or are acting out, juvenile detention centers and boot camps provide guidance and an opportunity to learn discipline. These institutions are known for their tough military-style instruction, but some actually border on torture camps.

There are the obvious intentional types of abuse, such as physical and sexual abuse by center employees. Some of other types of abuse at boot camps and detention centers include turning a blind eye to offenders who abuse one another, allowing offenders to become dehydrated or hyperthermic, not providing enough nutritionally balanced meals, and refusing access to medical treatment for injuries and illnesses.

Although statistics on abuse in detention centers and boot camps are essentially nonexistent, the U.S. Government Accountability Office has identified thousands of allegations of abuse between 1990 and 2007, some of which involved the death of the juvenile. Dehydration and hyperthermia / heat stroke were two of the most common causes of death.

Civil rights cases are complex, and require attorneys who understand the laws and how to aggressively represent their clients. At The Levin Firm, our attorneys will investigate your civil rights case. We consider many factors, including whether your rights have been violated, whether you have been damaged, whether there is evidence of a discriminatory motive, and if there has been a pattern of unfairness against other people.

Even juveniles who have broken the law or misbehaved deserve to be treated like human beings. At The Levin Firm, we have been handling civil rights claims for years, and we take these cases seriously. Many of these cases require immediate investigation, and we know that taking prompt action and obtaining as much documentation as possible can be difference between winning and losing. Our attorneys work together with a team of investigators and support staff to investigate every claim so that we may aggressively and zealously represent our clients and obtain the best possible results.

When you need a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania or New Jersey personal injury attorney to represent you, a family member or friend who has been abused in a juvenile detention center or boot camp, contact The Levin Firm, who represent every client zealously in order to obtain the best results possible in each case.

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