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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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FREE Keep Kids Learning Webinar: Advocating for Youth Charge as Adults - November 27, 6:00 PM

KEEP KIDS LEARNING WEBINAR: ADVOCATING FOR YOUTH CHARGED AS ADULTS On Tuesday, November 27 join us for a webinar examining the issue of youth charged as adults. You'll learn key ways you can engage in reform efforts and advocate for youth…
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New Report Says Florida Prosecutes More Children in the Adult Criminal Justice System Than Any Other State

According to a new study that looks at how many American teenagers are serving time in in adult jails, a full 60 percent of the youths serving life without parole sentences for a non-homicidal crime are from Florida. That’s the most of…
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FREE Webinar: The Changing Landscape of Age of Criminal Responsibility Policies in the U.S. and the Steps States are Taking To Prepare for and Implement Policy Changes - September 19 at 1 PM

Since 2016, five states have successfully passed legislation to raise the age of criminal responsibility, leaving only four states with an age of criminal responsibility set at younger than 18 years of age. In this webinar, participants will…
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Winter Park Teens Sentenced in Roger Trindade Case - WESH 2 News

Two Winter Park teenagers convicted of manslaughter in the beating death of 15-year-old Roger Trindade were sentenced on Monday. Simeon Hall and Jesse Sutherland will serve about a year in a high-risk juvenile program. The average amount…
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Judge Takes Adult Prison Off the Table for Teens Convicted of Killing Winter Park Student - WFTV 9

A judge has taken an adult sentence off the table for two teenagers convicted of beating a 15-year-old boy to death, indicating the teens could avoid serving time in an adult prison. Read more and watch.
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Gwen Graham Wants Limits on Charging Juveniles as Adults as Part of Justice Reform Plan - The Orlando Sentinel

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gwen Graham has announced that her justice form plan includes limiting prosecutors' discretion to charge juveniles in adult court. Read more.
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State to Prosecute Kennedy Middle School Student as an Adult - The Brevard Times

A 16-year-old student at Kennedy Middle School is being charged as an adult for bringing a firearm to school. Read more.
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Florida Holds Highest Rate of Juveniles in Adult Prison - Santa Rosa's Press Gazette

Data from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) reveals that Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa, and Walton Counties have the highest rate of direct-filed juveniles in the state. Read more.
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Fernandez Case Highlights the Long-Term Implications of Incarcerating Youthful Offenders - The Florida Times-Union

After serving nearly seven years for the death of his younger brother, 19-year-old Cristian Fernandez will face many obstacles once released back into society. Read more.   Photo by Izhar Khan from Pexels.
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Senate Criminal Justice Committee Passes SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting children younger than 14 from being prosecuted as adults for…
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YES on SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Take Action! Tell your Senator to support SB 936! On Monday, January 22, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting…