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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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DJJ Proposes Stronger Consequences for Teens Who Steal Cars - The Tampa Bay Times

In response to an "epidemic" of grand theft auto committed by juveniles, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has proposed sweeping changes that would enforce stronger sentences. Read more.
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Advocates Say Cyntoia Brown's Case is Part of the 'Sexual Abuse-to-Prison' Pipeline - NPR

The case of Cyntoia Brown is back in the news as numerous celebrities demand justice. Brown, a human-trafficking victim, was convicted of murdering a man who she claims she believed was going to harm her. Brown was ultimately sentenced to life…
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Busted Toilets, Peeling Paint, Sewage Backups, Lice: A Peek Inside Juvenile Lockups - The Miami Herald

In the wake of The Miami Herald's investigation into state juvenile detention centers, various state legislators have begun doing surprise inspections and finding "deplorable" living conditions. Read more.
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Escambia County Leads State in Charging Juveniles as Adults - The Pensacola News Journal

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's (DJJ) preliminary data for 2016-2017 shows that Escambia County leads the state in direct filing. Read more.
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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: Raise the Age: The Past, Present and Future of Moving Youth Away from Adult Courts - November 15 at 1 PM

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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That ‘Surprise’ Visit to Broward Juvenile Lockup? Lawmakers Think Staff Was Tipped Off - The Miami Herald

In response to The Miami Herald's investigation into the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's (DJJ) widespread system of abuse, state legislators sough to make a surprise visit to the Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Read m…
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Unbalanced Youth Justice - The W. Haywood Burns Institute for Justice, Fairness, & Equity

The W. Haywood Burns Institute for Justice, Fairness, & Equity has developed an itneractive map showing disparities in detention and incarceration rates among youths of different racial and ethnic groups. Read more.
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Alcoholism in Parents Triggers Violence in Teen Relationships: Study - The International Business Times

A new study has found that teenagers are at greater risk for dating violence if they have a father with alcohol use disorder. The study also found that mothers whose partners abused alcohol tended to be more depressed and,  therefore, less…
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Study: Three-Quarters of Florida Counties Earn "F" Grade on Juvenile Civil Citations - Southern Poverty Law Center

The Caruthers Institute released the 2017 edition of its annual report on the use of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Although Florida has increased its use of juvenile civil citations overall, the majority of counties still received…
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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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"Pipeline to Prison" Series Spotlights Prevalence of Juveniles Sent to Florida's Adult Courts - WUWF

A coalition of reformers has developed the "Pipeline to Prison" series in Pensacola. The latest forum focused on “Florida Law and the Effect of Adult Incarceration of Youths" and featured discussion on direct file, which allows prosecutors…
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Central Florida's Homeless Students Top 14,000 - The Orlando Sentinel

A new study has found that there are nearly 15,000 homeless students in Central Florida, which includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties. Read more and watch.