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Tell Governor Scott to Sign CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Facilities

Take Action! Tell Gov. Scott to sign CS/HB 361! Yesterday, the Florida Legislature sent CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Justice Facilities to Governor Rick Scott for approval. In the wake of The Miami Herald‘s Fight…
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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…
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National Juvenile Defense Center Releases New Report on Children's Right to Legal Counsel

This week, the National Juvenile Defense Center released a new report on how states have protected, or failed to protect, the Sixth Amendment right to legal counsel for children accused of criminal offenses. The report's key findings include: …
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REVIEW: Young & Arrested

By Sarah Krantz, Esq. Last week, WMFE’s Renata Sago premiered Young & Arrested, her five-part series on Orange County’s high rate of juvenile arrests. The series’ five stories are told through the eyes of three African-American…
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Hillsborough Leaders Tout Shared Goal of Second Chances for Juvenile Offenders - The Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough County is looking to make major changes in the juvenile justice system by implementing a system that increases the use of civil citations and reduced the number of juveniles who are direct filed into adult court. Currently, while…
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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…