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Resource ID: #20714
Subject:Juvenile Justice System
This series of stories represents the "culmination of years of work" by Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Barbara White Stack to "crusade for open hearing in juvenile court." Stack "came to believe secret hearing regarding abused and neglected children precluded comprehensive coverage of the issues....These stories show that getting access is possible, in addition to illustrating what is possible when access is denied." The system turned out to be fraught with problems, and the Post-Gazette challenged the secrecy rules in court -- ultimately prevailing when they won their appeal in Pennsylvania Superior Court, effectively opening the state's juvenile court system to the public and the press.