Entries by Public Defender 9th Circuit


Navigating the Impact of COVID-19 on Juvenile Justice Policy and Practice

The COVID-19 pandemic currently presents significant challenges for juvenile justice policy and practice. In the face of this crisis, juvenile justice leaders and partners are working around the clock to keep youth, families, staff, and communities safe. This webinar, hosted by the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform and the Council of Juvenile Justice Administrators, will […]

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Public Defender Robert Wesley Hosts PD9’s Spring Training 2020

Last week, Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, hosted PD9’s 2020 Spring Training in Orlando, Florida. Videos of the presentations can be viewed below. PTSD and Application in Criminal Court from an Expert’s Perspective – Dr. Ryan Hall The purpose of this lecture is to discuss concepts of PTSD and […]

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A 6-Year-Old Had Her Hands Zip-Tied at School. Florida House Passes on Setting a Minimum Age for Arresting Kids

Florida likely won’t be setting a minimum age for arresting children, despite national outrage over a 6-year-old who had her hands zip-tied at school after she threw a temper tantrum. The Florida House took up the issue Wednesday as part of a broader school-safety bill, a day after a Senate committee snubbed the girl’s family. Read […]

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Resilience Film Screening and Discussion – March 25 at 6 PM

Join us as we screen the documentary RESILIENCE and delve into the science of Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) and a new movement to treat and prevent toxic stress. Partnership with The Winter Park Public Library, City of Winter Park Parks & Recreation, Bridging the Color Divide, Hannibal Square Heritage Center, Holocaust Memorial Resource & Education Center, and […]

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FREE Webinar: OJJDP FY 2020 Supporting Effective Interventions for Adolescent Sex Offenders and Children with Sexual Behavior Problems – March 17 at 2 PM

The webinar will provide a general overview of the FY 2020 Supporting Effective Interventions for Adolescent Sex Offenders and Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Project Sites solicitation. It will highlight key eligibility and solicitation requirements. It will also identify tools and resources for applicants that will facilitate the application process. Lastly, it will provide an […]

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Lawmakers Could Give a Second Chance to More Juvenile Offenders

Bills that would provide more Florida kids with a second chance is primed for a floor vote in both chambers. SB 700, by Republican Sen. Keith Perry, and HB 615 by Democratic Rep. Clovis Watson,would change the way the state expunges juvenile records, allowing more kids to enter adulthood without a record that could disqualify them from certain jobs, […]

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Morgan & Morgan Firm Joins State Attorney, Public Defender to Launch Community Bail Fund

Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan joined Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Robert Wesley Thursday to launch a nonprofit fund that would give bail money to low-income people who can’t afford to bond out of jail. Outside the Orange County Courthouse Thursday, Matt Morgan said his family will match […]

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Adverse Childhood Events Tied to Dementia

Children who had multiple adverse experiences growing up were more likely to develop dementia in old age, Japanese researchers reported. People who had three or more adverse childhood experiences — physical or psychological abuse, family psychopathology, or loss of a parent — had twice the risk of developing dementia in later years as other older […]