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The Kansas City Star: "Throwaway Kids: We are Sending More Foster Kids to Prison Than College"

Read More @ The Kansas City Star - https://www.kansascity.com/news/special-reports/article238206754.html
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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…
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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…
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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…

Where Do We Go From Here: Juvenile Defense Post COVID-19

Last week, the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC) hosted "Where Do We Go From Here: Juvenile Defense Post COVID-19." Watch the webinar here.  
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Zeroing Out Youth Prisons: What the Adult Justice Reform Movement Can Learn from Youth Justice - June 17 at 5 PM

Join Vincent Schiraldi in conversation with Vivian Nixon, Greg Davis, Abdulkadir Ali, and Karl Racine about his new paper from the Square One Executive Session on the Future of Justice Policy: Can we eliminate the youth prison? (And what should…

Representing Juveniles in Remote Courtrooms - June 5 at 2 PM

Last week, the Southern Juvenile Defender Center (SJDC) hosted a webinar on how to represent juvenile defendants in remote courtrooms during the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Watch the webinar.
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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…

FREE Webinar: Where Do We Go From Here: Juvenile Defense Post COVID-19 - June 12 at 2 PM

Hosted by Emory Law School Sponsored by: * Georgia Public Defender Council * Office of the Public Defender, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit * South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense * Louisiana Public Defender Board * NC Office of the…

FREE Webinar: Representing Juveniles in Remote Courtrooms - June 5 at 2 PM

Hosted by Emory Law School Sponsored by: * Georgia Public Defender Council * Office of the Public Defender, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit * South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense * Louisiana Public Defender Board * NC Office of the…

FREE Webinar: Satisfying Ethical Duties to The Youth Client in the Age of Social Distancing - May 29 at 2 PM

Hosted by Emory Law School Sponsored by: * Georgia Public Defender Council * Office of the Public Defender, Florida's 4th Judicial Circuit * South Carolina Commission on Indigent Defense * Louisiana Public Defender Board * NC Office of the…
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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…

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…
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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…
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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…