Advocates: State Should Spend More On Children In Surplus YearChildren'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.
State-County Dispute Over Juvenile Detention Costs Simmering AgainBoth 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.
Local & State Leaders To Talk About Solving Community ProblemsCommunity 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.
Big Session Ahead For Juvenile Justice Legislation 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.
Florida Struggles To Craft Juvenile Sentencing Policy 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.
Gov. Scott Wants $4.5M To Fight Human Trafficking, Aid VictimsEfforts 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.
Supreme Court Overturns Mandatory Life W/Out Parole For JuvenilesLost 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.