Election Day is Nov. 6th! There are 12 Amendments, find out about them here!

Florida prosecutes more children in the adult criminal justice system than any other state. The League of Women Voters of Florida seeks to improve outcomes for at-risk youth in Florida by supporting and influencing best practice policies through education and advocacy.  Issue Chair is Charlotte Nycklemoe

Issues for action:

  • Support the increased use of Civil Citations:  In the 2016 Stepping Up Report, the Caruthers Institute says: “There now is overwhelming data that juvenile civil citations generate superior results – increasing public safety, improving youth outcomes, and saving taxpayer money.” We are asking local leagues to encourage the use of civil citations instead of arrest whenever it is appropriate.
  • Work to decrease the use of Direct File:  The Southern Poverty Law Center reports that Florida prosecutes more children in the adult criminal justice system than any other state. Since 2008 more than 13,000 children – some as young as 8 years old – have been prosecuted as adults in Florida through a process called DIRECT FILE!
  • Support additional No Place for a Child Coalition (NPCC) reforms to keep our children out of adult jails and prisons.
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