Pa. juvenile steals cheese snacks before capture

A juvenile male escaped from the George Junior Republic Juvenile Detention Center in Pennsylvania and was captured on April 8 but not before he supposedly took a $3.49 bag of cheesy, crunchy snacks from a local super grocery store. He escaped from the facility by hiding near a tree. However, staff from the detention center found him at the large chain store and took him back to the facility.

The facility did not specify what juvenile crimes originally brought him there. The Cheetos snacks claim to lighten up any day, according to the Frito-Lay website.

When a juvenile is arrested and convicted of a crime in the commonwealth, they might face a number of possible dispositions or sentences. They could receive probation and need to follow a number of terms and conditions, such as curfew restrictions, limited contact with other offenders, victim awareness and apology letters, drug or alcohol treatment and educational or vocational requirements. They could be ordered to complete community service hours as a form of repayment for their crimes. They might need to pay restitution although the law limits this amount in Pennsylvania. In some cases, a judge can hold a guardian liable for paying restitution.

The judge can also order the juvenile and their guardians to attend a number of programs, including personal counseling, family counseling or parenting classes. The court can direct guardians to take the child to any classes. Finally, the courts can hold the juvenile in a detention facility. A criminal attorney might be able to defend the juvenile's rights and work for the best possible outcome in the case.

Source: CBS News, "Juvenile escapee stole some Cheetos, say Pa. police," Barry Leibowitz, April 12, 2013

Source: University of Pennsylvania, "Navigating the Juvenile Justice System: A Guide for Parents of Youth with Disabilities," Jessica Feierman, Emily C. Keller and Marcia Glickman, 2009

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