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Cleo LeCroy to be Freed from Prison for 1981 Murders of Newlyweds

Just two months shy of his 18th birthday when he gunned down John and Gail Hardeman at Brown’s Farm Wildlife Management Area, LeCroy benefited from two-back-to-back U.S. Supreme Court decisions. In 2010 and again in 2012, the nation’s highest…
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Florida Legislators Pass Bill to Allow Surprise Inspections of Juvenile Lock-Ups - The Miami Herald

Last week, the Florida Legislature sent CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Justice Facilities to Governor Rick Scott for approval.  To increase executive, legislative, and judicial oversight, CS/HB 361 authorizes the Governor…
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Tell Governor Scott to Sign CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Facilities

Take Action! Tell Gov. Scott to sign CS/HB 361! Yesterday, the Florida Legislature sent CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Justice Facilities to Governor Rick Scott for approval. In the wake of The Miami Herald‘s Fight…
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Florida’s Pattern is Underfunding School Psychologists and Resource Officers - The Miami Herald

Legislators, mental health professionals, and law enforcement have expressed concern regarding Florida's failure to adequately fund school psychologists and resource officers. Read more.
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YES on CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Justice Facilities

Take Action! Tell your Representative to support CS/HB 361! On Wednesday, February 28, the Florida will be voting on CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Justice Facilities. In the wake of The Miami Herald's Fight Club, numerous…
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YES on CS/SB 1392: Prearrest Diversion Programs

Take Action! Tell your Senator to support CS/SB 1392! On Tuesday, February 27, the Florida Senate Committee on Appropriations will be considering CS/SB 1392: Prearrest Diversion Programs. SB 1392 enacts several criminal justice reforms,…
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Abuse, Lies, Videotape: A Star Employee at Miami’s Juvenile Lockup Confesses to Misconduct - The Miami Herald

A detention officer at the Miami-Dade Regional Detention Center has been fired for admitting to falsifying records during polygraph testing. Read more.
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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…
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Advocates Gather at Capitol to Call for Criminal Justice Reform for Children - WTXL

Last week, advocates gathered at the capitol in Tallahassee to call for reforms to Florida's system of charging juveniles as adults. Senator Bobby Powell and Representative Sean Shaw have each filed reform bills in their respective chambers. Read…
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Advocates Looking for New Solutions to Make Juvenile Civil Citations Consistent - WCTV

Despite the Florida Legislature's failure to pass legislation making juvenile civil citations mandatory, advocates are still seeking solutions to ramp up issuance.  The bill died before reaching the floor, primarily due to complaints that it…
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Florida’s Troubled Prison, Juvenile Justice Systems Gear Up For Overhaul - The Huffington Post

The Florida Legislature is currently considering a number of bills to reform the state's juvenile justice system. The most influential of these bills is a bill that will require police officers to issue civil citations to juveniles who are…