Sheriffs Cautious About Expanding Juvenile CitationsThe use of civil citations to divert juvenile offenders from the justice system has spread to nearly all Florida counties. A new law goes into effect Oct .1, giving teens who are apprehended by law enforcement second or third chances to avoid arrest. And supporters want the state to spend $2 million next year to expand the programs.
Study Prompts Call To Expand Juvenile Diversion ProgramsA newly released study has bolstered a call to expand diversion programs for juvenile offenders in Florida.
Lawmakers To Consider Expunging Juvenile RecordsAs Florida's legislative session gets underway next week, some lawmakers are calling for measures to help teens move on after paying their dues in the juvenile-justice system.
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.
NFL Week 8 Injury Reports: Fins Healthy, Jags CrippledFor the first time this season, the Miami Dolphins held practices with a full roster, as they put the finishing touches in their preparation for Sunday's intrastate showdown with the hobbled Jacksonville Jaguars.
A Cautious Optimism Prevails At Child Protection Summit New money, a new leader and a sweeping new law had Florida's child-welfare professionals and foster parents feeling cautiously optimistic at their annual gathering this week.
Study: Pres. Candidates Ignoring Children's IssuesMost political candidates and parties often discuss children as the future of the United States. But, a new study has found that children are being almost completely ignored by the GOP candidates running for president in 2012 and the media.