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Florida holds highest rate of juveniles in adult prison

Friday 27th of April 2018 | North America, United States
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Since leaving her family practice, retired physician Dr. Paula Montgomery spends her time advocating for juvenile delinquents along with the League of Women Voters. Florida has the highest number of juveniles in the adult prison system in the country.

According to data from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Circuit 1 — Escambia, Santa Rosa, Okaloosa and Walton Counties — has the highest rate of direct-filed children, compared to all eligible for direct file, at 24.4 percent. The state average is 8.8 percent. The state’s direct-file statute allows prosecutors to move a range of juvenile cases to adult court without a judge’s input.

“That will blow your mind,” Montgomery said. “Why is it that way?”

According to the 2017 report on Florida by the State of America’s Children, a total of 131 children were in adult jails or prisons in Florida in 2015. That same year, the Florida Supreme Court ruled that juveniles not convicted of murder may not be sentenced to life in prison, and those convicted of murder may not be sentenced to life without parole, citing that children are less liable and more agreeable to rehabilitation.

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