Funneling children into the adult system often cuts children off from critical age-appropriate education and intervention services, and it is not good for public safety. Many children prosecuted as adults are charged with nonviolent offenses.
Our state urgently needs youth justice reform. Florida prosecutes more children for felonies in the adult criminal justice system than any other state. Last year, more than 900 kids were sent to the adult criminal justice system. Almost all of the children prosecuted as adults are transferred to the adult system at the sole discretion of prosecutors, without a judge’s input, through a process called “direct file.” There is no way for a child to appeal this decision.
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