MADDEN, ZIDEK AND STOLLSTEIMER CALL FOR THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO  INVESTIGATE THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

For Immediate Release

March 11, 2019

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MADDEN, ZIDEK AND STOLLSTEIMER CALL FOR THE PA ATTORNEY GENERAL TO  INVESTIGATE THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

Media, PA – County Councilmen Kevin Madden and Brian Zidek joined Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today in calling for District Attorney Katayoun Copeland to refer the allegations of systemic abuse of children and cover ups at the Glen Mills Schools, detailed over the past several weeks in a series of investigative stories in the Philadelphia Inquirer, to the Pennsylvania Attorney General for an independent criminal investigation.

“The detailed allegations of decades-long physical abuse of children at the Glen Mills Schools is sickening.” said Madden and Zidek. “As elected officials, we need to know what law enforcement agencies in Delaware County, including the District Attorney’s office, have known about these repeated incidents and why no actions have been taken to stop the systemic abuse of children in our county.”

“Pennsylvania law provides for county prosecutors to refer investigations to the State Attorney General when the local prosecutor may have a conflict,” said Stollsteimer. “This case cries out for such a referral. Part of any independent investigation must include a determination of what the DA’s office knew about the systemic abuse alleged to have gone on at Glen Mills for decades and why they didn’t act to protect children,” he continued. 

“It’s clearly a conflict for the DA’s office to investigate itself and we can’t understand if District Attorney Copeland can’t see the obvious conflict or if she’s trying to sweep her office’s inaction under the rug,” said Zidek. 

Madden, Zidek and Stollsteimer join Philadelphia Council members Helen Gym, Kenyatta Johnson, State Reps. Malcolm Kenyatta (D-181) and Danilo Burgos (D-197), and local youth leaders who have called for an investigation into Glen Mills by Attorney General Josh Shapiro’s office.

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STOLLSTEIMER CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION INTO THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

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Contact: Colleen Kennedy - 610-609-6456, wreckingballstrategies@gmail.com

STOLLSTEIMER CALLS FOR IMMEDIATE INVESTIGATION INTO THE VIOLENCE AT THE GLEN MILLS SCHOOL

HAVERTOWN – Democratic candidate for Delaware County District Attorney Jack Stollsteimer today called on District Attorney Katayoun Copeland to open a criminal investigation in response to allegations of systemic abuse and cover ups detailed in Sunday’s Philadelphia Inquirer investigation into Glen Mills Schools. 

“The allegations of decades long physical abuse of children at the Glen Mills school sicken me as a parent.” said Stollsteimer. “As a former prosecutor, I can only wonder why our current District Attorney has been silent in response to the evidence presented in the Inquirer’s investigation of potential abuse of  children in her back yard.” He continued. 

Stollsteimer joins Philadelphia Council members Helen Gym, Kenyatta Johnson, and youth advocates who have called for an investigation into Glen Mills since the story was published on Sunday, February 24th. 

Jack Stollsteimer is a former Delaware County and Federal prosecutor who is the Delaware County Democratic Party’s endorsed candidate for Delaware County District Attorney in the 2019 elections.

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“Parents and families in Delaware County all want neighborhoods that are safe, and a criminal justice system that is fair and treats everyone with dignity,” said Jack Stollsteimer in a release Wednesday. “I’m running for district attorney because we can do so much better than the broken system we have now.”

Stollsteimer, a former assistant United States attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and assistant district attorney in Delaware County, said in the release that he has developed a 10-point “Smart on Crime” agenda outlining his aims if elected.

“My Smart on Crime agenda is a series of common sense reforms designed to help us fight gun violence and protect our workers,” he said. “It will help us end the opioid epidemic while treating people living with addiction with compassion. I’m looking forward to talking to our neighbors about my agenda, and how we can build a safer future together.”

Read more of this Delco Times cover story.

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As they braced themselves, county officials set up a system of collaborative courts to help former prisoners find jobs, housing and treatment for mental health and addiction problems. They pioneered a program that uses sophisticated risk assessments rather than cash bail to decide which defendants were safe to release before trial. And local officials launched an array of novel anti-crime programs, including one aimed at building trust between police and residents and another that gives stipends to young people considered at risk of committing gun violence.

What happened next surprised many.

While overall crime in California increased slightly after 2011, San Joaquin County’s dropped 20 percent and hit a decades-old low last year. The county’s jail, which had been under court-ordered monitoring because of dangerous overcrowding, now has empty beds. Participation in specialized drug courts has increased and recidivism among newly released offenders has dropped.

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