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For Kids’ Sake, Reform Juvenile Justice System – The Palm Beach Post

In this opinion piece, Talitha Hazelton, a former assistant public defender for the 15th Judicial Circuit (Palm Beach County), argues the case for reforming the use of direct file in Florida by passing CS/SB 192. Read the opinion and learn…
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Juvenile Drug Courts Agree More Family Involvement Needed; Some Not Sure How to Do It: Report – The Juvenile Justice Information Exchange

A new study on drug treatment courts shows that they are failing to help those who have substance abuse issues. The study reports that instead of special courts for drug addicts, what is really needed is more family involvement and engagement.…
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Juvenile Drug Treatment Court Guidelines

The U.S. Department of Justice's Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) and the American Institutes of Research have formulated new evidence-based, treatment-oriented guidelines for juvenile drug treatment courts (JDTC).…
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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…