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State Attorney's Office's Initiative Changes Processing of Juvenile Cases - WKMG News 6

This week, Aramis Ayala, State Attorney for the Ninth Judicial Circuit, announced her new initiative for juvenile justice reform. Called Project No/No, the new initiative will ensure that, in cases where a conviction is unlikely, children…
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As a Boy in an Adult Prison, His Mother's Letters 'Were Everything' - NPR

In this segment from Morning Edition, Marcus Bullock and his mother, Reverend Sylvia Bullock, discuss their letter exchanges while Marcus was serving eight years in an adult prison when he was only 15 years old. Read more.  
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‘I Just Started Flowing. It Was the Only Thing That Helped’: In Tough Neighborhoods, Can High-School Mental Health Counselors Cut the School-to-Prison Pipeline? - POLITICO

This piece features a new system in Washington, D.C. that could serve as a national model for addressing the mental health needs of high school students. Read more.
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Just Kids: When Misbehaving is a Crime - Vera Institute for Justice

This new report from the Vera Institute for Justice offers a primer on status offenses, which are acts that are only illegal because of the offender's age. Vera argues that these offenses result in many juveniles being unjustly placed in the…
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Adults Can Play Big Role in Child's Recovery from Traumatic Event - WFMJ

Experts say that minors who have been exposed to trauma can struggle to cope with stressors in life, which can lead to educational and behavioral issues. Adults, especially parents and educators, play an important role in helping kids adjust.…
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Program Targets Boys with Behavioral Issues - The Gainesville Sun

CDS Family and Behavioral Health Services's The Stop Now and Plan (SNAP) program is geared to assist young boys with behavioral issues This free program has already served over 50 boys in the Gainesville area. The SNAP for Girls program is…
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'Social Camouflage' May Lead to Underdiagnosis of Autism in Girls - NPR

Although significantly more boys than girls are diagnosed with autism each year, some researchers say that the gender gap may not be as wide as it seems. Girls, they say, are better at blending in with social groups. Read more.
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Few Florida Juvenile Lifers Resentenced Despite U.S. Mandate - U.S. News

Despite the U.S. Supreme Court's decisions in Graham v. Florida, 560 U.S. 48 (2010), Miller v. Alabama, 132 S. Ct. 2455 (2012), and Montgomery v. Louisiana, 136 S.Ct. 718 (2016), very few eligible juvenile lifers in Florida have been granted…
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Award-Winning ‘Evac Movement’ Not Returning to Jacksonville’s Lee High School - The Florida Times-Union

Despite award-winning success, Lee High School will not be continuing its leadership class for at-risk youths for the 2017-2018 school year. Read more.
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Briefing: Ending Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities - August 2, 2:00 PM

Tomorrow, the Juvenile Law Center will be livestreaming a Congressional briefing on its latest report, Unlocking Youth: Legal Strategies to End Solitary Confinement in Juvenile Facilities. The video can be seen on JLC's Facebook page.
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Duval Schools Suspend Larger Number of Blacks than Whites - The Florida Times-Union

A new report shows that almost 80 percent of students suspended from Duval County Public Schools were African-American. In addition, over 70 percent of students sent to in-school detention and seventy percent referred for discipline were also…
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New Juvenile System Designed to Keep Hillsborough Co. Teens from a Life of Crime - WFLA

Andrew Warren, State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced a new diversionary program for juveniles called the Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program. First-time misdemeanor offenders may avoid arrest if they complete…

When People in Charge are Mostly White, What’s a Black Kid in Jail to Think? - KUOW

Some experts have concerns that the racial makeup of criminal justice staff—who are mostly white—can have negative implications to youths of different races. Read more.
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Moms Need Social Support, And Not Just in the Baby Years - NPR

A new study suggests that social support networks may help mothers develop closer relationships with their teenage children. Interestingly, the study did not find that such networks impacted fathers. Read more.