No Place for a Child depicts the issue in Florida in which there are more children sent to adult prisons more than any other state in the United States. Children as young as 12 years old are constantly being sentenced for years into these institutions without even having their case before a jury. This advocacy group continues to try to reform the age in which a child is considered an adult, roles of judges, and making it mandatory that children are kept in juvenile facilities while doing their given sentencing.
Bill Number: HB 7125
Type of Reform
Transfer Reform - This Act eliminated statutory exclusion (“mandatory direct file:”) in Florida.
No Place for a Child: Direct File of Juveniles Comes at a High Cost; Time to Fix Statutes (2016)
This report by the James Madison Institute examines the financial cost of Florida’s “Direct File” law, finding that it is less expensive, and in the interests of public safety and fairness, to end the practice.
Destined to Fail: How Florida Jails Deprive Children of Schooling
Destined to Fail: How Florida Jails Deprive Children of Schooling (2018) by the Southern Poverty Law Center details how many jails and school districts across Florida – which prosecutes more children as adults than any other state – fail to meet state and federal obligations by providing little to no education when children are locked up in adult facilities.