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GOP Congressman Confident Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act will Pass - Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

Congress is expected to pass Juvenile Justice Delinquency and Prevention Act, which has not been reauthorized since 2002. Read more.
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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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Raise the Age: The Past, Present and Future of Moving Youth Away from Adult Courts - The Sentencing Project

Over the past 10 years, eight states have vastly expanded the number of youth covered by their state’s juvenile justice systems by raising the age of criminal responsibility. Soon, only five states will routinely expose 17-year-olds to the…
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Free Webinar: Federal Legislation to Promote Access and Success in Higher Education for Youth in Foster Care and Experiencing Homelessness - Wednesday, September 27 at 4:00-5:00 pm ET

Two important pieces of legislation have been introduced in Congress to promote higher education success for youth experiencing homelessness and youth in foster care, “Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act”…
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YES on the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act and the Fostering Success in Higher Education Act of 2017

A number of juvenile advocacy organizations have endorsed the introduction of two new bills in Congress. According to the Juvenile Law Center (JLC), the Higher Education Access and Success for Homeless and Foster Youth Act (HEASHFY)—S. 1795 was…
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Home Visits Help Parents Overcome Tough Histories, Raise Healthy Children - NPR

The Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program Infant and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program is set to expire at the end of September unless Congress passes legislation reauthorizing it. Research has shown that home visiting programs…
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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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House Bill Could Lock Teens up for More Than a Decade - USA TODAY

Last month, the U.S. House of Representatives passed the Protecting Against Child Exploitation Act of 2017, which is now being reviewed by the U.S. Senate Committee on Judiciary. One of the more controversial provisions of the bill enacts mandatory…
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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…