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Direct-file system doesn’t help children – or improve public safety [The Florida Times-Union]

Tuesday, March 29, 2016  
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Many states require a hearing of facts in front of a judge before a child can be transferred to adult court. However, in Florida, the law gives prosecutors sole discretion to determine whether to prosecute a child as an adult. This editorial challenges this “direct-file” legal mechanism, noting that Florida has the most adult transfers in the nation, that most of these children were convicted as adults for non-violent crimes, and that many of these youth could be more effectively rehabilitated in in less costly juvenile facilities.


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