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Legislature Apologies for Abusive Dozier Boys School - The Orlando Sentinel

This week, the Florida Senate joined the Florida House of Representatives in approving SR 1440, which acknowledged and apologized for the child abuse that occurred at  at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a reform school in Marianna.…
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How State Leaders Are Trying to Fix the Juvenile Car Theft Problem in Pinellas - The Tampa Bay Times

For the first time in years, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) will convene a committee to reevaluate its Detention Risk Assessment Instrument. In addition, State Senator Jack Latvala (R-Clearwater) has proposed a bill that would…
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House Apologizes for Dozier School Abuses - The Tallahassee Democrat

Yesterday, the Florida House of Representatives formally apologized for decades of abuse that occurred at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a reform school in Marianna. Read more. Below is a video of Jerry Cooper, who has spent several…
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Juvenile Justice Reauthorization Back in The House - The Chronicle of Social Change

Last week, a bill to reauthorize the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Act (JJDPA) was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill would reauthorize the structure of JJDPA, reorganize the Title V incentive grant system,…
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Bill Would Require Civil Citations Over Arrests for First-time Juvenile Offenders - WGCU

Last week, WGCU featured a program on the subject of juvenile civil citations. The program features as guests: William Oberdick of Lee Interfaith For Empowerment (LIFE), a faith-based justice ministry; Reverand Rusty May, a pastor who also…
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Differing Juvenile Justice Bills Draw Support, Opposition in Florida House, Senate - WFSU

Several juvenile civil citation bills are currently going through the Florida Senate and the Florida House of Representatives. In its original form, CS/HB 205 mandated the issuance of juvenile civil citations for certain misdemeanors and under…
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YES on SB 196: Juvenile Civil Citation and Similar Diversion Programs

Take Action! Tell your Senator to support SB 196! Yesterday, the Florida Senate Committee on Criminal Justice reviewed SB 196, a bill requiring a law enforcement officer to issue a civil citation or to require participation in a diversion…