juvenile justice

House Judiciary Committee Approves Juvenile Justice Bill

Apr 20, 2017

The House Judiciary Committee approved a bill changing how juveniles are punished for low-level offenses. But the addition of an amendment allowing mercy for adults is drawing concerns. 

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A top priority of Florida’s Senate President is now ready for a floor vote. But after some political maneuvering, the bill also contains a controversial amendment targeting the state Supreme Court. The change could challenge lawmakers’ loyalties.


A couple of juvenile justice-related bills are now moving in the Florida House and Senate.

Florida Channel

What’s ahead legislatively for Florida prison and juvenile justice systems?

MGN Online

A bill aimed at decreasing the number of juveniles charged as adults is still alive in the Florida Senate, after narrowly passing its first committee Monday.

Florida Channel

The head of Florida’s juvenile justice system is weighing in on how a bill aimed at decriminalizing adolescence will affect her agency.


A top priority for Senate President Joe Negron aimed at decriminalizing adolescence passed its first committee hearing Monday, but not without some concerns.

Sen. Randolph Bracy (D-Ocoee)
Florida Senate / Florida Senate

For the first time in two decades, the Republican-led Florida Senate is getting its first black Democratic criminal justice chair. It's a former state Representative turned Senate freshman.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

What’s on tap for Florida’s Juvenile Justice system in 2017? Officials have comprised their legislative wish list, aimed at helping both juveniles and the staff who cares for them.

James Madison Institute

Florida lawmakers should take a comprehensive approach to reforming the state’s criminal justice system. That’s according to a new poll by a free market think-tank.