Policy and Practice Reform


Juvenile Justice Reform

“if we don’t stand up for children, then we don’t stand up for much.”

— marian wright edelman

Our children are our community’s greatest asset. We need the talents and contributions of all children to be available to our community. Ensuring their health, building their skills and abilities, and assuring that all children have their best chance in life should be our top priority. That’s why we have to change our juvenile justice system.

Our Current Priorities

Creating a Transformational Juvenile Justice System

Kids make mistakes. We need a juvenile justice system that fits kids’ need to learn from their mistakes and overcome them.

 

Kids need ways to stay out of the juvenile justice system through civil citation, diversion, and more effective community-based interventions.

Kids need access to restorative justice.

Kids need trauma responsive care when they are arrested, held in secure detention, on probation, or in are in commitment programs.

Kids should remain in the juvenile justice system because kids are different than adults.

The goal of the juvenile justice system should be to transform kids into the adults they have the potential to be.

We need the talents and contribution of all children to be available to our community. Each child and young person has something unique to contribute, that makes our community better as a whole. It is all of our responsibility to help our children stay on track by providing them with a solid foundation and the supports that are necessary along the way.

Creating Second Chances

Juvenile records matter and can having lasting impacts on children and their families. We want to make sure that children, families, community members, and stakeholders understand the collateral consequences of juvenile justice involvement. If you would like to learn more or schedule a community-base training on the collateral consequences of juvenile justice involvement, contact us.

 

We are looking to build a pool of capable volunteer attorneys to participate in regularly scheduled seal and expungement workshops for children who successfully complete juvenile diversion. Volunteer attorneys are needed to assist with the screening and filing process and also to educate and advise families regarding Florida law governing record sealing and expungement.  Families will have the opportunity to speak individually with pro bono attorneys.