The Big Problem with SB 1920

Let’s apply the chicken-or-egg question to the child welfare “improvement” proposed by SB 1920, which will mandate a new state government department for state-compensated attorneys representing foster children in dependency hearings. Which should come first – identifying the problem or implementing a solution? The answer may seem obvious, but as The Children’s Campaign listened to testimony presented in a Senate committee hearing, it’s clear some are moving too quickly to propose a solution for a problem that doesn’t exist, rather than digging further to understand the model that’s being proposed or the many negative unintended consequences. The big problem with SB 1920? First it will require significant tax dollars but ...Read More

2021-04-14T08:20:45-04:00April 13, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Report: Florida’s Education and Juvenile Justice Systems Are Failing Black Girls

High rates of disproportionate arrests and lockups in nearly one-fourth of Florida counties    New research by the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, Sounding the Alarm: Criminalization of Black Girls in Florida, finds Black girls in Florida are disproportionately punished at nearly every disciplinary point in the education and juvenile justice systems. The findings are relevant to bringing forth the overdue justice and educational reforms needed to support the wellbeing of girls and young women. Although Black girls account for just 21% of the girl population in Florida, they are more than two times overrepresented in: Out-of-school suspensions for girls (49%) Incidents involving girls and law enforcement in schools eligible ...Read More

2021-03-24T12:08:21-04:00March 24, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|

Florida Lawmakers Introduce Bill to Eliminate Court-Related Fines and Fees on Children

Debt-Free Justice for Children Act continues Florida Legislature’s criminal justice reform work  Elected officials and advocates from the Debt-Free Justice for Children Campaign announced recently the introduction of SB 1926 and HB 1391, also known as the Debt-Free Justice for Children Act, sponsored by Senator Audrey Gibson and Representative Tracie Davis. The legislation would promote education, public safety and hope by:   Eliminating administrative fees and fines on all young people in both the juvenile justice and criminal justice systems up to age 18.  Providing protection from fees and fines in the criminal justice system for cross-over youth eligible for continuing foster care up to age 21.  “Unpaid fines and fees ...Read More

2021-03-18T10:51:21-04:00March 17, 2021|Breaking News, Top Stories|