Entries by Faith Sills

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Survey: 52% Drop in Admissions to Youth Detention in Two Months Matches Reduction Over 13 Years

The rate of young people admitted to detention has fallen by 52% during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a new survey of juvenile justice agencies in 33 states — equaling in two months a national decline that took 13 years. The two-month rapid decline in admissions seen in March and April 2020is reflected in an […]

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FREE Webinar: Play for Justice – April 28 at 3 PM

Join REPRESENT JUSTICE and GEORGE HILL for a special conversation with XAVIER MCELRATH-BEY on his transformative prison experience during Play for Justice. #InfluentialJustice brings together your favorite artists, athletes, and advocates for conversations and performances to raise funds for organizations serving incarcerated communities and system impacted families during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Orange Sheriff’s Office Revamping Juvenile Policies

I don’t know any law enforcement officers who got into this line of work to arrest kids. I know when I entered the profession 30 years ago, I was hoping to help kids — to give them a compassionate interaction with a cop, not their first experience in handcuffs. We’ve all seen, in our own […]

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No Break for ‘Vampire Cult’ Killer Rod Ferrell, Life Sentences Stand

Rod Ferrell, known as a teen vampire cult leader convicted in the beating deaths of a Eustis couple, lost his bid to shorten the life sentences he is serving. The 55-page decision, written by Circuit Judge G. Richard Singeltary in Lake County and posted online April 7, concluded Ferrell, now 40, was not entitled to […]

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In Florida, Your Kid’s Chance of Arrest at School Depends on Where You Live

After a student was caught cutting class at Seminole High School’s ninth grade center in April 2019, a trio of Sanford police officers told the girl to get in a golf cart so she could be taken back to campus. She refused. “I’m gonna walk,” she replied. Read more.

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FREE Webinar: Family is Essential: A Conversation with Family Advocates About COVID-19 and Youth Justice – April 23 at 1 PM

As youth justice agencies race to prevent and respond to the harms of the novel coronavirus, families are essential partners. In this webinar, hosted by the Vera Institute of Justice and the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform, we will hear directly from family advocates about the actions families need systems to take in the present […]