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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…
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Morgan & Morgan Firm Joins State Attorney, Public Defender to Launch Community Bail Fund

Attorneys with the Orlando-based law firm Morgan & Morgan joined Orange-Osceola State Attorney Aramis Ayala and Public Defender Robert Wesley Thursday to launch a nonprofit fund that would give bail money to low-income people who can’t…
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Parents Say 10-Year-Old Son with Autism was Handcuffed, Put in Patrol Car

Parents of a 10-year-old boy who has autism say the child was handcuffed, put in the back of a patrol car and transported to a mental health facility after he ran from school administrators. According to a federal lawsuit…
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PD9 Hosts Its Annual Law Camp with the Boys and Girls Club

This summer, Robert Wesley, Public Defender of the Ninth Circuit, partnered with Dr. Candice Bridge from the University of Central Florida (UCF) and the National Center for Forensic Science (NCFS) to provide a Forensic Science Law Camp for the…
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Osceola County School District to Allow Medical Marijuana on Campuses

On Tuesday night, the Osceola County School Board voted to allow medical marijuana treatment on the campuses of their schools. Read more.

Central Florida Charter Schools Struggle to Pay for On-Campus Officers Required by New Law

Two Winter Garden charter schools planned to buy new computers this year, giving every student on their shared campus one to use. But when Crystal Yoakum, the CEO of the two affiliated schools, got a look at the numbers, she knew that dream…
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Early Start Times for High School: Orange Candidates Say It's Time for Change - The Orlando Sentinel

When it comes to listening, members of the Orange County School Board can be less responsive than a corpse. Especially on starting times for high schools. For years, parents have told school officials the same thing experts have — that…
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Study: New Rule Should Mean More Florida Kids in Diversion Programs - The Tampa Bay Times

The Caruthers Institute release its newest study on the use of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Key findings include: Utilization continues to increase but more slowly than in previous years. Counties that saw substantial increased…
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Intersection: First Tri-County Homeless Youth Count

As of last October, Orange, Osceola, and Seminole Counties had 268 unaccompanied homeless youth aged 13 to 24. Read more and listen.
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Study: Three-Quarters of Florida Counties Earn "F" Grade on Juvenile Civil Citations - Southern Poverty Law Center

The Caruthers Institute released the 2017 edition of its annual report on the use of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Although Florida has increased its use of juvenile civil citations overall, the majority of counties still received…
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Central Florida's Homeless Students Top 14,000 - The Orlando Sentinel

A new study has found that there are nearly 15,000 homeless students in Central Florida, which includes Orange, Osceola, Seminole, and Lake Counties. Read more and watch.
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Public Defenders Take on Juvenile Lifer Cases - The Orlando Sentinel

This article from The Orlando Sentinel features David Redfearn, Assistant Public Defender for the Office of the Public Defender, Ninth Judicial Circuit. Redfearn's cases include those sentenced to life in prison without parole for crimes they…