Children’s advocates say they’re “cautiously optimistic” about Gov. Rick Scott’s budget recommendations for the coming spending year, which contain relatively few cuts to programs that serve Florida’s children.
Both sides are unhappy that the Legislature failed to come up with a plan for dividing the costs of detaining young offenders between the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and county governments.
Community leaders will come together Monday night to talk about ways to solve community problems including police-community relations, out-of-school suspensions and juvenile justice.
The Legislature is expected to take up major changes to Florida’s juvenile-justice system during the 2014 session, looking to put more emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation for youthful offenders.
As state legislators have tried and failed to craft a juvenile-sentencing law that conforms to landmark U.S. Supreme Court rulings, a national advocacy group is calling Florida a “clear outlier” among states for its hard-line approach to trying juveniles as adults.
Efforts to fight human trafficking and help victims recover in a safe place would get a $4.5 million boost, if Gov. Rick Scott gets his wish.
Lost amidst the hubbub of the Supreme Court’s docket on Monday was a key ruling dealing with how severe of a punishment a juvenile offender could be given.