Florida Sends more children to adult court
Than any other state in the country
ADULT JAIL IS
NO PLACE FOR A CHILD
Since 2009, over 12,000 children have been tried 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 tried as adults in florida
KIDS ARE KIDS
Children as young as 12 years old have been tried as adults.
Most of the children tried as adults are charged with non-violent crimes.
black and brown
Black and Hispanic kids are 56% of children arrested in Florida but 68% of those sent to adult court.
Black and Hispanic children are 60% of children arrested in Florida but 76% of those sent to adult court.
DENIED ACCESS TO PARENTS
Children do not understand adult court proceedings and their parents aren’t 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 tried as an adult.
Raise the minimum age of children tried as adults to 16.
Only hold children charged as adults in juvenile facilities.
“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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