Charging Juveniles As Adults Sparks Legislative DebateBills are moving in the House and Senate that would limit the ability of Florida prosecutors to charge juvenile offenders as adults, a legal practice known as "direct file."
State Leaders Urged To Make Early Childhood A PriorityThe Florida Children and Youth Cabinet voted Thursday to send a letter to state leaders, urging them to prioritize early-childhood education, intervention and other services for "the first 1,000 days" from pregnancy to age 3.
Scott Keeps Daly As DJJ SecretaryIn a move that was widely expected, Gov. Rick Scott on Thursday named Christy Daly as secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Child Welfare System Looks To Institute To Help 'Steer A Course'Lawmakers and those charged with improving Florida's child welfare system await as a state institute prepares it's first report on the troubled sector for Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Legislature.
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.
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.
Miami-Dade Pet Therapy Dog Helps Incarcerated YouthDogs are known as man’s best friend and a black lab named Justice is proving that old saying true once again.
State Report: S. Fla. Teen In Juvenile Center 'Neglected To Death'For two hours, juvenile detainee Eric Perez cried, screamed, banged on his cell wall, and insisted he heard voices. But prison guard Terence Davis was convinced that the youth was “faking it.”
Six Fired After Teen's Death At Palm Beach Detention FacilityThe superintendent of the Palm Beach Juvenile Detention Center and his assistant superintendent have been fired after the death of a teen at the facility.