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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!
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