No Second Chance: Does Florida Over-criminalize Juvenile Offenders?
Over the last decade, a series of U.S. and Florida Supreme Court cases has dramatically changed how juveniles can be sentenced as adults. The U.S. Supreme Court has issued several landmark decisions since 2005 that define the ways juveniles are different in the eyes of the law. However, Florida is an outlier in an outlier. The United States is the only nation that sentences children to life without parole. And among the states, Florida is one of five with the highest concentration of people eligible to potentially receive a new prison sentence based on the rapidly changing case law. Should we give juveniles a second chance….even if they commit an adult crime?
Major David Holmes, Broward Sheriff's Office
Assitant State Attorney Maria Schneider, State Attorney's Office
Gordon Weekes, Chief Assistant Broward Public Defender
Judge Elijah Williams, Juvenile Delinquency Division Judge of the 17th Judicial Circuit Court in Florida
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