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2017 Legislative Session preview: Oscar Braynon on juvenile justice, incentives and Chance the Rapper

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This is the first legislative session that South Florida’s Oscar Braynon II will be the Senate’s Democratic Leader. The 40-year-old, who succeeded term-limited former Leader Arthenia Joyner, was first elected in 2011 after serving in the House and on the Miami Gardens City Council before that. Though he’s in the minority, Braynon has high hopes for legislative breakthroughs with the GOP majority under President Joe Negron. “We have a good personal relationship and we’ve helped each other before we were…

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Larry Ahern files bill requiring civil citations for some juvenile offenders

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State Rep. Larry Ahern filed a bill Tuesday that would require the creation of civil citations or similar diversion programs for juveniles. “We cannot continue to arrest more than 10,000 nonviolent juvenile offenders who do not have a full understanding of the consequences of their actions,” the Seminole Republican said. “We should look at this as a teachable moment and allow them the opportunity to correct their behavior.” The bill is a companion to a Senate bill filed by Republican Sen. Anitere Flores of Miami. Flores’…

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Juvenile justice reform bill heads to House after significant changes

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After several significant changes, SB 314, which initially placed numerous restrictions on prosecutor’s ability to unilaterally charge juveniles as adults, is now moving to the House. Sponsored by Miami Republican Sen. Miguel Diaz de la Portilla, the bill will continue to give broad discretion to prosecutors, as well as instituting more accountability and reporting requirements. Originally, the measure proposed a two-tiered system to restrict so-called “direct file” to serious crimes and protect younger children from the process As reported by…

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House bill to expunge juvenile records OK’d unanimously by Judiciary panel

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A bill to “streamline” the process for minors to expunge their criminal records bill passed unanimously in the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday. A pair of Tampa Bay area Republicans – Rep. Chris Latvala of Clearwater and prime co-sponsor Rep. Chris Sprowls – filed the bill (HB 147) in September. The bill would cut a break to juvenile lawbreakers who aren’t “serious or habitual offenders.” For them, the legislation would allow juvenile criminal records to be expunged “five years after the date of the…

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Gov. Scott orders independent analysis of Florida prisons

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Gov. Rick Scott is ordering an independent analysis of the state’s prison system and the development of two prisons to test new ways of handling and housing prisoners with mental health issues, as well as the general population. Scott issued the order Thursday. He is also directing the Department of Corrections to work with the departments of Children and Families and Juvenile Justice on how to improve mental health services. The two prototype prisons will be developed at existing facilities.…

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