Florida Prosecutes more children In adult court For Felonies
Than any other state in the country
ADULT JAIL IS
NO PLACE FOR A CHILD
Since 2011, over 7,600 children have been Prosecuted as adults in Florida.
98% of these kids were transferred to adult court without any input or oversight by a judge.GET THE FACTS
Facts About Children Prosecuted as adults in florida
AN 8 YEAR OLD?
Yes, really. Children as young as eight years old have been prosecuted as adults.
Most of the children tried as adults are charged with non-violent offenses.
Black and Hispanic kids are 56% of children arrested in Florida but 68% of those sent to adult court.
Children of Color account for 62% of children arrested in Florida but 78% of those prosecuted as adults.
DENIED ACCESS TO PARENTS
Children do not understand adult court proceedings and their parents are not allowed to participate.
branded for life
An adult court conviction diminishes education, future employment, and worse, the child becomes more likely to reoffend.
An adult felony conviction brands a child for life, diminishing opportunities for education and future employment and they lose the right to vote before they even turn 18.
AN ADULT COURT CONVICTION CREATES MORE CRIME AND CRIMINALS, NOT LESSWHAT CAN WE DO?
How do we fix this unfair system?
And start treating kids like kids
Restore the role of judges to decide whether a child should be prosecuted as an adult.
Limit the offenses for which a child may be prosecuted as an adult.
Hold children prosecuted as adults in juvenile facilities only.
“From a moral standpoint it would be misguided to equate the failings of a minor with those of an adult, for a greater possibility exists that a minor’s character deficiencies will be reformed.”
Roper v. Simmons, US Supreme Court 2005
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