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House Judiciary Committee Approves Juvenile Justice Bill

Apr 20, 2017
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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.

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

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

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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.

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

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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Among the many bills Governor Rick Scott signed into law last week is a measure expunging the criminal records of certain juvenile offenders.

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A bill reforming mental health within Florida’s criminal justice system is continuing to move in the House and Senate.

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The Florida Senate’s Criminal and Civil Justice Appropriations Committee has cleared a number of bills related to juvenile justice reform. One proposal changes how and when juveniles can be charged as adults.

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A bill expunging the criminal records of certain minors when they become an adult has passed the full Florida Senate.

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Juvenile offenders who have non-violent and less serious crimes on their records could have those documents automatically expunged when they turn 21.

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Helping young human trafficking victims and making sure juveniles get the help they need are among the legislative goals of two state agencies that deal with children.

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A plan to revamp mental health care in Florida’s criminal justice system passed its first House panel Wednesday.

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Florida lawmakers are slated to take up a measure Wednesday reforming mental health care within the state’s criminal justice system.

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Florida lawmakers are considering different ways to help the state’s juvenile offenders. The aim is to help them succeed in life and make sure they don’t head to the prison system.

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A pair of proposals meant to help juvenile offenders passed their first Senate panels.

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A measure expunging the criminal records of certain juveniles cleared its first House panel Tuesday.

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27 bills are slated to take effect Thursday. They include new laws aimed at helping people with diabetes and delinquent juveniles.

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Some Florida lawmakers are renewing a bipartisan effort making it easier to expunge the records of certain juvenile offenders.

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Governor Rick Scott signed more than 40 bills into law Thursday. It includes a measure expanding Florida’s civil citation program.

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Bills aimed at helping Florida’s youth have passed the state Senate Wednesday.

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