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Stays at Escambia County Detention Center Spike as Juvenile Arrests Increase, Law Changes

Department of Juvenile Justice data shows the Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center experienced a huge spike in use in the most recently reported year, 2016-2017, putting it at a 94 percent average utilization rate, compared to 69 percent…
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SNAP Program Helps At-Risk Kids Before They Get into Trouble - The Pensacola News Journal

The "Stop Now and Plan" program has been trickling across Florida counties for the past four years, initially under the banner of the Department of Juvenile Justice but it is now run by the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. The program…
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Prosecutors Aren’t Seeking Adult Charges Against Kids Nearly as Often in Florida or Jacksonville - The Florida Times-Union

According to statistics from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Florida saw a significant decline in the number of children prosecuted as adults, especially in Jacksonville and Gainesville. Read more.   Photo by Mitchel L…
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Florida Cop Decides to Help, Not Punish, a Poor Kid From the Projects Caught Breaking the Law - The Orlando Sentinel

On Sunday, a Facebook post by the Pensacola Police Department went viral. The post described the encounter between Officer Justin Roedel and 11-year-old Matt, who was found throwing rocks at a passing train. But instead of arrest Matt, Officer…