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Riot at Youth Center: ‘They are Breaking Glass and Attacking Staff’ - Northwest Florida Daily News

Okaloosa Youth Academy houses moderate-risk boys between 15 and 18 years old. On Saturday afternoon, an inmate fight broke out, which eventually led to Saturday night when 50 of the 100 inmates began to break down doors and throw objects at…
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Volusia County Parents Up in Arms, Say Autistic Children Treated like Criminals - WFTV9

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is being sued by Volusia County families who are alleging that federal money is not being spent to properly care for their disabled children in schools. Autistic children are racking up criminal records…
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Disabled Teen Rages, Pounds on Cell Door and Confounds Florida Juvenile Justice - The Miami Herald

Florida's inability to properly fund juvenile residential facilities is keeping a 17-year-old who is intellectually disabled—so much so that he has been declared incompetent to stand trial—in a traditional juvenile facility. Due to the teen's…
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Early Detection Crucial for ASD Treatment - Psychiatry Advisor

The most significant obstacle to effective treatment of autism is late detection. Early diagnosis is the key to success in helping a child with autism, but it is likely to be delayed by as much as two years in children from disadvantaged or…
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Boy, 12, Arrested After Threatening Messages Discovered at Putnam County School - News4Jax

Zero tolerance in schools continues as a 12-year-old boy is placed under arrest for writing threatening phrases on the wall of his school's bathroom. Officers have determined the threats to be a prank but a child still suffered the consequences…
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Harsh Parenting Predicts Low Educational Attainment Through Increasing Peer Problems - ScienceDaily

A recent study published in Child Development looked at 1,482 students, over the span of nine years, in Maryland to see if the way they were treated by their parents would influence their academic success and physiological development. The…
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Orange County Leads Florida in Juvenile Arrests - The Orlando Sentinel

In Florida, juvenile arrests are at a four-decade low. However, arrests in Orange County are at their highest—leading any other county in the state. Orange County arrested 38 percent more juveniles in 2016 than Miami-Dade County, which is…
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Autism is Detectable in Brain Scans Long Before Symptoms Appear, New Study Says - USA TODAY

New research suggests that autism may be detectable within a child's first year of life. Researchers at the University of North Carolina used brain scans to predict with 80 percent accuracy whether certain children would develop autism. This…
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New Push to Stop Troubled Kids from Reoffending - ABC Action News

Eckerd Project Bridge has expanded its program to reduce juvenile recidivism in Florida. The project provides transitional services to youths from age 11 to age 21 so that they can reintegrate back into their communities after release from…
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Delinquent Youth Have More High-Risk HIV/AIDS Sex Behaviors as They Age - Northwestern Now

According to a new study by Northwestern University's Feinberg School of Medicine, as they age, juvenile offenders are more likely to engage in sexual behaviors that increase the risk of HIV/AIDS infection. The study followed delinquent youths…
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Collaboration Helps Juvenile Offenders Forge a Path for the Future - The Florida Record

Jacksonville's new Seal/Expunge Project for Young Offenders—a collaboration between the Florida Coastal School of Law, the Center for Legal Rights, the Office of the State Attorney for the Fourth Judicial Circuit, the Duval County Clerk of…
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Public Defender Robert Wesley Secures Release of Juvenile Committed to Non-Secure Residential Program

On December 12, 2016, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit Robert Wesley and Assistant Public Defender Jessica Cahoon secured the release of a juvenile from detention. Florida's Fifth District Court of Appeal ordered the release of…