juvenile justice


  Jacksonville resident Kent Stermon is leading Florida Governor-Elect Ron DeSantis’ advisory committee on public safety.  

Florida’s new House Speaker and Senate President helped launch a pilot parenting program in Tallahassee Wednesday.

Brevard State Attorney Phil Archer says it’s not unheard of for parents not to know what rights they have when disciplining their kids or how to hold them accountable.

The chairman of the Senate panel that oversees the budget for criminal and civil justice  points to the decline in arrests and delinquency as evidence that the state’s prevention-and-diversion strategy is working, the News Service of Florida reports.  Now, there are bills in both chambers that would write prevention into the law that governs the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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The Dream Defenders, who have vowed to stay outside Gov. Rick Scott’s office until he calls the legislature to convene a special session, met with Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters Monday, the Miami Herald reports. The protesters want lawmakers to enact what they’re calling the Trayvon Martin Civil Rights Act, to repeal Florida’s controversial “stand your ground” law.  

While the U.S. Supreme Court has limited life sentences for juveniles, a bill approved by a Senate committee would establish a minimum sentence of 50 years for juveniles convicted of murder, the Lakeland Ledger reports. Critics say that amounts to a life sentence.