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Federal Lawsuit Seeks to Ban Solitary Confinement for Florida Children in Juvenile Detention

More than 4,300 Florida children in juvenile detention centers spent time in solitary confinement over a 12-month period through June 2018, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center. That is almost one in three of all children serving…
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Report: Students of Color, Disabled Students More Likely to Receive Corporal Punishment

A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and The Center for Civil Rights Remedies at UCLA finds in states which allow corporal punishment, students of color and disabled students are more likely to receive the discipline than…
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Juvenile Transfer Reform In-Person Training in Daytona Beach

Join the No Place for a Child Coalition to learn more about reforming the system that transfers children into adult courts and prisons. ***LUNCH AND A LIGHT BREAKFAST WILL BE PROVIDED*** RSVP.
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FREE Keep Kids Learning Webinar: Advocating for Youth Charge as Adults - November 27, 6:00 PM

KEEP KIDS LEARNING WEBINAR: ADVOCATING FOR YOUTH CHARGED AS ADULTS On Tuesday, November 27 join us for a webinar examining the issue of youth charged as adults. You'll learn key ways you can engage in reform efforts and advocate for youth…
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Less Than Zero Tolerance After Parkland, Sante Fe Shootings, Policies Meant to Protect Schools May Lead to Some Misguided Arrests - The Marshall Project

Nicolas, 12 and legally blind, was already having a rough week before he allegedly threatened to shoot up his classroom. The fifth-grader had a bathroom mishap while in class at the Memorial Elementary School in Houston. Another student announced…
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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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FREE Civil Citation Advocate Webinar - June 28 at 2:00 PM

Join the Caruthers Institute, ACLU of Florida, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the League of Women Voters of Florida for an advocacy webinar on using civil citations for youth. Thursday, June 28 at 2 pm ET  Webinar details will be emailed…
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Fernandez Case Highlights the Long-Term Implications of Incarcerating Youthful Offenders - The Florida Times-Union

After serving nearly seven years for the death of his younger brother, 19-year-old Cristian Fernandez will face many obstacles once released back into society. Read more.   Photo by Izhar Khan from Pexels.
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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…