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Budget Talks Continue as Governor Weighs In

While media articles scream about the deepening rift between the House Speaker and Governor the past two weeks, mostly over business incentives and tourism marketing, committees heard presentations on the Governor’s $83.5 billion “Fighting for Florida’s Future Budget,” a $1.5 billion increase over the previous year. Senate and House leaders however, have outlined a different approach, based on Legislative Budget Commission projections suggesting the state will experience a $1.3 billion shortfall in the next two years at a time when the overall health of the economy continues to improve. Governor Scott’s plan includes: tax cuts for businesses and additional investment in...

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Facebook Live Suicide: Questions that Need Answering

In the wake of a 14-year old Miami-Dade foster child streaming her suicide live on the Internet, there’s been an outpouring of attention and outrage over the technology and lack of safeguards that allow such videos to be produced and shared online so easily. Although some of that outrage is fair, the problem isn’t solely the technology that enables such horrific acts to be aired. Equal attention should be paid to the ability for children and their caregivers to access appropriate crisis and specialized, ongoing mental health services ̶ especially children under supervision of Florida’s child welfare system. Allegations of...

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Money and Children’s Issues Collide at the Capitol

The Governor this week released his proposed 2017 state budget at a time when his executive agency staff were presenting a spending reduction plan at the request of House leaders. The mini-drama highlighted the deep divide over philosophy and priorities between the two branches of government, which exists at this point in the process. The conflict has spilled its way onto the pages of most traditional and some social media. Caught in the middle are children’s programs and services. Largely missing from either branch in its preparation or budget exercise was a well-formulated expression of the IMMEDIATE and ACTUAL unmet...

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New Year Brings New Promising Practices for Serving Trafficked and Exploited Children

The year 2017 looks to be much brighter for some of Florida’s most vulnerable citizens with the expected launch of Open Doors, a new, promising coordinated system for serving trafficked and exploited children and young adults, mostly ages 10 – 24. This new model will bring an array of promising practices to Florida that have improved service delivery and outcomes for victims in other states. Five Florida regions are targeted to pilot Open Doors due to the high rate of sexual exploitation and trafficking in those areas and the lack of available services: Northeast Florida: Nassau, Duval, St. Johns, Baker...

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Good Start for Children’s Policy in 2017

While some observers have said in the news it’s been a slow start to legislative session, several issues important to The Children’s Campaign have already been filed this year, including civil citation, children prosecuted as adults, expanding eligibility for juvenile records expunction and Keys to Independence (opportunity to take action later in this publication). In addition, issues that ultimately affect children and families such as the budget, and the impact of Medicaid and Managed Medical Assistance Program are being dissected. While much activity is occurring, the first committee week of the new year was slow for actual meetings. In fact,...

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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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