Debtors’ Prisons for Kids?

Most people think debtors’ prisons are a thing of the past. But are they really? A recent national report by the Juvenile Law Center from Philadelphia shows juvenile court costs, attorney’s fees and fines that are assessed as youth move through the juvenile justice system ̶ and sometimes even in community diversion programs ̶ cause significant hardships for youth and their families. The costs for court related services, including probation, a “free appointed attorney,” mental health evaluations, the costs of incarceration, treatment and restitution payments can push children deeper into the juvenile justice system and families deeper into debt. Across...

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So Far, House and Senate Leadership Appear Far Apart in Session Priorities

On the Tuesday before Thanksgiving, new leadership took the helm of the Florida Legislature. Juvenile justice is a top priority of Senate President Joe Negron, specifically not criminalizing adolescents for youthful mischief. This could portend more rigorous reviews of civil citation laws in an effort to increase utilization rates. Statewide, the numbers remain below 50% but the differential is great – in some areas they approach 90%. In other areas, they lag in the 20’s and 30’s or are barely used at all. Not yet mentioned specifically (but important for the continued reform of juvenile justice) are services to children...

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An Advanced Look at our 2017 Legislative Agenda

The “battleground” state of Florida has all eyes focused on the pending November election. Although the media circus surrounding the contest has created an environment where it’s hard to see anything else, the non-partisan Children’s Campaign has kept its focus on the “what” of policy rather than “who” will be the policy leaders of tomorrow. As it has after every election cycle, when the spectacle has run its course, The Children’s Campaign is dedicated to ensuring that proven research and the best interests of children are included in the coming year’s policy discussions and decisions. To support that important work,...

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Study: Arresting youth for common misbehavior harms public safety

Results from Florida’s second annual comprehensive study of alternatives to juvenile arrests – called “Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Civil Citation Efforts 2016” – were recently released at a well-attended press conference in Tallahassee. Authored by one of Florida’s top juvenile civil citation experts, the study shows increasing the use of civil citations statewide up to 75% would enable law and order entities to invest up to $62 million in preventing and addressing felonies and serious crimes, as well as significantly improve life outcomes for nearly 7,000 arrested youth. Philanthropists Joseph W. & Terrell S. Clark, along with the Jessie Ball duPont...

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Important Progress for Girls

Fewer arrests, residential commitments, and transfers to adult court Just five years ago, the First Coast region was a very tough place to be a girl. The Fourth Judicial Circuit, which includes Duval, Clay and Nassau counties, incarcerated more girls than any other Florida circuit ̶ more than Tampa, Miami and Fort Lauderdale combined. Last year, the circuit dropped to third in the state for committing girls to juvenile justice residential facilities, and other positive changes are occurring, according to a recently released See the Change three-year trend analysis report by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center. Since 2011-2012, the incarceration...

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The Children’s Campaign exists to persuade policy makers, citizens, and advocates to adopt proven strategies that lead to positive outcomes for Florida’s children. Engaging the system of care and public and private sectors to approach problems in ways that result in better outcomes allows us to utilize information to make real improvements in targeted rules, regulations, and policies for children.

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The Apprenticeship Center (TAC), is an innovative workforce development initiative of The Children’s Campaign. Its goal is to bridge the gap between academic learning and workforce development while providing college students with the opportunity to learn the value and importance of civic engagement.

 
 
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