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.