Entries by Juvenile Public Defender


Report: Florida’s Education and Juvenile Justice Systems Are Failing Black Girls

The Children’s Campaign – Report: Florida’s Education and Juvenile Justice Systems Are Failing Black Girls New research by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Sounding the Alarm: Criminalization of Black Girls in Florida, finds Black girls in Florida are disproportionately punished at nearly every disciplinary point in the education and juvenile justice systems. The findings are […]


Decline of Juvenile Arrests In Florida During Pandemic

Reviewer: Katie Siciliano, PD9 Legal Intern   Articles to be reviewed: Orlando Sentinel – “Florida’s juvenile arrests drop to 45-year low” https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/crime/os-ne-2020-juvenile-arrests-florida-drop-20201123-sdsv36nwzzhg3d2eyvyfxjxfsu-story.html    WFTS Tampa Bay – “Juvenile arrests in Florida continue to decline amid pandemic” https://www.abcactionnews.com/news/local-news/i-team-investigates/juvenile-arrests-in-florida-continue-to-decline-amid-pandemic   Summary: The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has reported that the 2019-2020 fiscal year showed a drastic […]


Slate: “Why Kids Join Gangs”

This report is part of Kids Imprisoned, a project produced by the Carnegie-Knight News21 initiative, a national investigative reporting project by top college journalism students and recent graduates from across the country. It is headquartered at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University. Ruben Saldaña was 12 when he joined […]

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Teen Court offers alternative to first-time youth offenders

When teenagers are arrested in Orange County, they might catch a break – if it’s their first arrest and the crime is a misdemeanor such as theft, vandalism and battery or a minor felony like grand theft auto or burglary. The State Attorney’s Office regularly recommends first-time youth offenders who are accused of committing minor […]