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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…
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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…
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Nearly 1 Million Arrests Have Been Made of Children Younger Than 15 in the Past 5 Years, FBI Statistics Show

There have been 957,892 arrests among children younger than 15 in the past five years in the United States, FBI statistics show. The figure is based on the agency's annual crime reports in the US, including its latest 2018 numbers,…
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Parents Say 10-Year-Old Son with Autism was Handcuffed, Put in Patrol Car

Parents of a 10-year-old boy who has autism say the child was handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car and transported to a mental health facility after he ran from school administrators. According to a federal lawsuit…
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Fired Orlando Cop Who Arrested 6-Year-Olds Has Discipline History That Includes Excessive Force, Profiling Claim

The Orlando police officer who was fired Monday for arresting two 6-year-old students at their school has a disciplinary history that includes an incident in which he stunned a trespassing suspect with a Taser five times and an allegation…
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Juvenile Justice Guards Offered Bribes for Beatings, Witnesses Testify at ‘Honey-Bun’ Trial

Two witnesses to the attack that killed 17-year-old Elord Revolte at the Miami-Dade juvenile lockup in August 2015 testified that guards ordered beatdowns of kids in detention in exchange for snacks at the state-run detention facility. Diego…
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Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth

On June 11 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (EST) CJCA's Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar on Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth. The webinar will include the following panel members: Samantha A. Wilson, Youth and…
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FREE Webinar: Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth

On June 11 from 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. (EST) CJCA's Positive Youth Outcomes Committee will host a webinar on Improving Practice and Outcomes for LGBTQI Youth. The webinar will include the following panel members: Samantha A. Wilson, Youth and Staff…
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Orange Cops Relying More on Citations, Not Arrests, for Juveniles — But Still Lag Other Urban Counties, Report Finds

Police and deputies in Orange County are giving teenagers in trouble more civil citations instead of arresting them for misdemeanors, but other urban counties in Florida still give citations instead of arresting minors in a far higher share…
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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),…
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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.…