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The Silence: The Legacy of Childhood Trauma - The New Yorker

In this piece, Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Díaz reveals his struggles with childhood trauma and sexual violence. 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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Social Workers Lack Tools to Identify Cases of Chronic Neglect -PsychCentral

A new study has found that social workers lack the necessary tools required to properly identify cases of chronic child neglect. Read more.
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A Gun to His Head as a Child. In Prison as an Adult - The New York Times

This Frontline/New York Times collaboration features men and women who faced trauma and adversity as children. Read more.
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Fight Club: A Miami Herald Investigation into Florida Juvenile Justice System - The Miami Herald

A two-year investigation by The Miami Herald has uncovered widespread system abuse in Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Read more.
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Sexual Assault in Schools

By Sarah Krantz, Esq. In a four-year period from 2011 to 2015, the Associated Press (AP) investigated, supplemented by federal crime data, sexual assaults that were occurring inside of schools and found almost 17,000 official reports.[i]…

Video Shows Violent Attack at Okaloosa Youth Development Center - The Crestview Bulletin

A video of an inmate-on-inmate attack at Okaloosa Youth Development Center, operated by Gulf Coast Youth Services, surfaced on YouTube and received over a 100 views before being taken down. The video showed three inmates violently attacking…
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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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Sexual Victimization in Juvenile Facilities

By Sarah Krantz, Esq. Although juvenile justice reform has brought about many positive changes in the last few years, there is still room for improvement. One of the major issue that continues to plague the system today is the rate of sexual…
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Child Abuse Deaths Threefold Higher in Poor Communities - Medscape

A new analysis of child abuse deaths nationwide shows that countries with higher concentrations of poverty are more likely to have higher fatality rates. According to one researcher, the results suggest that "the economic atmosphere where a…