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All Orange Elementary Schools Now Have Deputies on Campus, Sheriff Says

All of Orange County’s traditional public elementary schools now have an armed officer on campus, the sheriff announced this week. The Orange County Sheriff’s Office had struggled since the start of the school year to provide enough deputies…
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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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DeVos to Rescind Obama-Era Guidance on School Discipline

A federal commission led by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos recommends rescinding Obama-era guidance intended to reduce racial discrimination in school discipline. And, DeVos says, it urges schools to "seriously consider partnering with…
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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…
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Sheriff Gualtieri Supports Armed Teachers to Stop School Shooters

The sheriff leading the state commission investigating Florida's high school massacre says he now believes trained, volunteer teachers should have access to guns so they can stop shooters who get past other safeguards. Pinellas County Sheriff…
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NACDL Midwinter Meeting & Seminar: "Preventing Wrongful Convictions" - February 13-16, 2019

NACDL's 2019 Midwinter Meeting & Seminar,"Preventing Wrongful Convictions: Eyewitness Mis-Identification & False Confessions" will be held at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown, Phoenix, AZ, February 13-16, 2019. Mistaken eyewitness…
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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…
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What Happened After an 11-Year-Old Boy Was Accused of Murdering His Pregnant Soon-To-Be Stepmom

On the morning of Feb. 20, 2009, Chris Brown was running a little late for work. It was a frigid day in Wampum, a small town in Western Pennsylvania. Brown said his fiancée Kenzie Houk, who was eight-and-a-half months pregnant at the time,…
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League of Women Voters to Host Public Forum on Florida's School Guardian Program

Next week, the League of Women Voters of Seminole County will be hosting a public forum on Florida's School Guardian Program. Speakers include: Walt Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Public Schools (SCPS). Angie Gallo, Florida…
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Scott Names Interim Heads for DCF and DJJ - The Tampa Bay Times

Gov. Rick Scott named interim replacements for the secretaries of the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Children and Families Tuesday. Both are expected to step down later this week. Read more.
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Orange County Approves Funding for 75 School Resource Officers - WMFE

The Orange County Commission approved funds to hire 75 new Sheriff’s deputies to be used as school resource officers. Read more.   Image courtesy of the Orange County Sheriff's Office.
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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…