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Public Defender Robert Wesley Hosts PD9's Spring Training 2020

Last week, Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit of Florida, hosted PD9's 2020 Spring Training in Orlando, Florida. Videos of the presentations can be viewed below. PTSD and Application in Criminal Court from an Expert's…
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Adverse Childhood Events Tied to Dementia

Children who had multiple adverse experiences growing up were more likely to develop dementia in old age, Japanese researchers reported. People who had three or more adverse childhood experiences -- physical or psychological abuse, family…
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Florida’s Flawed Baker Act Rips Thousands of Kids from School

Over the past seven years, children have been taken from public schools in Tampa Bay more than 7,500 times and temporarily placed in mental health facilities. They often leave campus handcuffed in the back of police cruisers. Some are as…
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Association of Parental Incarceration with Psychiatric and Functional Outcomes of Young Adults

This cohort study, using data from a community-representative, longitudinal study, found that parental incarceration was associated with young adults’ increased odds of having an anxiety disorder, having a felony charge, spending time in jail,…
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Child Baker Act Cases Continue to Climb in Florida

Florida has once again broken the records for the number of people mentally evaluated, involuntarily, under the state’s Baker Act. In May, investigative reporter Karla Ray first exposed that child Baker Act cases have more than doubled…
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Not in Isolation: How to Reduce Room Confinement While Increasing Safety in Youth Facilities

In 2016, the Center for Children’s Law and Policy, Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators, Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at Georgetown University, and Justice Policy Institute launched the Stop Solitary for Kids campaign. The…
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Desperation and Broken Trust When Schools Restrain Students or Lock Them in Rooms

Every time Jennifer Tidd's son was secluded or restrained at school, she received a letter from his teachers. Her son has autism and behavioral issues, and over three years — from 2013 to 2016 — Tidd got 437 of those letters. "I see…
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Charging 10-Year-Old as Adult in Death of Infant is Not Only Wrong, But Damaging

The decision by Wisconsin to charge a 10-year-old girl as an adult after her actions tragically led to the death of an infant late last year raises serious questions about the status — and progress — of criminal justice reform across the…