, , , , , ,

This Week in the Florida Legislature, January 7-11

This week, the House Criminal Justice Committee held their inaugural meetings for the 2018 Legislative Session. The meeting began with a presentation on juvenile civil citation and direct file by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ),…
,

Juvenile Arrests, 2016

This bulletin describes the latest trends in arrests involving juveniles (youth younger than age 18) covering the period from 1980 to 2016, based on analyses of data from the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s Uniform Crime Reporting Program.…
, , , ,

Orange County Juvenile Justice Arrests Plummet

Orange County saw a dramatic drop in juvenile arrests in the past year and particularly in felony arrests of juveniles, following reforms pushed by State Attorney Aramis Ayala and implemented by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and other…
, , , , , , ,

Sheriff to End Solitary Confinement for Teens at Palm Beach County Jail Under Settlement

Young offenders called it “the box.” It’s where their world at the Palm Beach County jail shrank to a 6-by-12 foot cell — for months. In solitary confinement, no music was allowed. No television. No human contact. Read more.
, , , ,

Stays at Escambia County Detention Center Spike as Juvenile Arrests Increase, Law Changes

Department of Juvenile Justice data shows the Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center experienced a huge spike in use in the most recently reported year, 2016-2017, putting it at a 94 percent average utilization rate, compared to 69 percent…
, , , ,

Reducing Isolation in Youth Facilities: Strategies for Working With Your Most Challenging Youth

Last month, the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators (CJCA) hosted a webinar on how to reduce the use of solitary confinement in youth correctional facilities.   Presentation Slides CJCA Toolkit for Reducing the Use of Isolation     Photo…
, , ,

Former Judge Calls for Changes to Juvenile Justice Center

A retired Central Florida judge is calling for changes at the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Her call is prompted by a handful of recent incidents over the past year, including fights and the alleged assault of a teenage girl…
, , , , ,

Officer at Bradenton Juvenile Lockup Resigns After She Slapped Boy. Video Captured the Scene - The Bradenton Herald

.mcclatchy-embed{position:relative;padding:40px 0 56.25%;height:0;overflow:hidden;max-width:100%}.mcclatchy-embed iframe{position:absolute;top:0;left:0;width:100%;height:100%} An officer at a Florida Department of Juvenile Justice detention…
, ,

Cop Handcuffs 11-Year-Old Boy for Bouncing Basketball, Mom Says - The Sun Sentinel

An overzealous cop slapped handcuffs on an 11-year-old boy who wouldn't stop bouncing a basketball after a game, the kid’s mom said. Fatayi Jomoh was bouncing the ball after a game at the Police Athletic League of Jacksonville when an officer…
, , ,

Pre-Arrest Advocacy Call - August 22 at 6:00 PM

Dear SuppoDear Supporter, Pre-arrest diversion programs, such as civil citations, have proven to be the best tool for addressing common youth misbehavior. To support local advocates as they work to ensure these programs are used to their fullest,…
, , ,

After 15 Years, Grand Jury Finds Same Culture of Deadly Cruelty at Miami Juvenile Facilities - The Miami Herald

Omar Paisley, 17, died in juvenile detention from a burst appendix. Elord Revolte, also 17, died in juvenile detention, too — from internal bleeding. What really killed them, however, was the entrenched neglect and cruelty of Florida’s juvenile…