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July 24-25 Training Seminar: Nitty Gritty Mitigation Sentencing Strategies

There will be a two-day capital/JLWOP seminar on July 24th and July 25 at the Orange County Regional History Center, 65 East Central Boulevard, Orlando, FL 32801, for the low cost of $75.00! The seminar is for lawyers and mitigation specialists!…
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Youth First Releases its Youth Justice Toolkit

Youth First release its 2017 edition of Your Vote is Your Voice, a toolkit designed to provide information on how to engage in the political process in order to advocate for youth justice. Read more.
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Federal Judge Rules Conditions at Wisconsin Facilities Unconstitutional, Violate Fourteenth Amendment

A federal judge in Wisconsin ruled that the use of solitary confinement, pepper spray, and restraints violate the Fourteenth Amendment rights of inmates at two juvenile facilities. Read more.
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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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‘How Far Can They Go?’ Police Search of Hundreds of Students Stokes Lawsuit and Constitutional Questions - The New York Times

Attorneys have filed lawsuits against law enforcement following a controversial school-wide search at a Georgia high school. In this article from The New York Times, Jacey Fortin outlines constitutional issues surrounding school searches and…
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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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New Juvenile Justice Website Launched by Advocates

This week, Blueprint for Change: Education Success for Youth in the Juvenile Justice System was officially launched. The website was developed by the Legal Center for Youth Justice and Education (LCYJE), a national collaboration of the…
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Orange County Sheriff's Office Hosts Crime-Fighting Camp for Teens - The Orlando Sentinel

Every year, the Orange County Sheriff's Office hosts its Teen Academy, a summer camp for teenagers interested in pursuing careers in criminal justice. Read more.
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State Imposes Admissions Freeze at Hastings Youth Academy Following Escapes - Action News Jax

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has imposed an admissions freeze at the Hastings Youth Academy, which has received criticism for inmate escapes over the past several months. The juvenile detention center is tasked with improving…
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Ballin' After Dark

The Academy of Kings, in partnership with the City of Orlando, present: Free Ballin' After Dark: Cops & Kids Every Friday June 9 to August 4, 2017 8 PM at the Orlando Downtown Recreation Complex Live DJ Free Food! Orlando Downtown…
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Volusia County Sheriff's Office Launches Program to Help Juvenile Offenders - WFTV-9

The Volusia County Sheriff's Office announced that it will launch a program that will monitor juvenile offenders via ankle monitors and make in-home visits with said offenders. VCSO said that the program will allow officers to respond more…
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Landmark Juvenile Citation Guidelines Expand - Clay Today

This month, justice and law enforcement officials in Clay, Duval, and Nassau Counties signed new sentencing rules that will expand the use of juvenile civil citations. The rules add new misdemeanors that are eligible for civil citations in lieu…
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Sinister Web - The Shreveport Times

This five-part program by The Shreveport Times investigates how child pornography has changed in the Digital Age. Read more. Chapter 1 centers on how the Internet and other types of digital technology have affected the manufacture and…
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National Juvenile Defense Center Releases New Report on Children's Right to Legal Counsel

This week, the National Juvenile Defense Center released a new report on how states have protected, or failed to protect, the Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel for children accused of criminal offenses. The report's key findings include: …