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SCPA 1st Thurs: Our Children in Peril

Written by  Team SCPA

1st Thursday, November 5: Our Children in Peril

6:30pm Thursday, November 5, 2015

hosted by Space Coast Progressive Alliance

Location: Front Street Civic Center, 2205 Front St. downtown Melbourne FL 32901

Free and open to the public. Donations graciously accepted.


Our Children in Peril

Our Children…
- in jail?
- in trouble?
- in gangs?
- using drugs?

It’s happening right here in Brevard County -- and it may be in your backyard.

A panel of outstanding professionals on these topics will address these concerns, followed by a Q&A from the audience.

Our panel of speakers:

• Eileen Espinal, Southern Poverty Law Center
• Blaise Trettis, Public Defender, 18th Judicial Court (Brevard County)
• Dr. Paul Evans, Director of Outreach Services, Circles of Care
• Larry Lawton, President of the Reality Check Program, the Reality Check Foundation and more. He is a former career criminal, known once as the biggest jewel thief in the United States.



More than 10,000 children have been tried in Florida's adult courts in the last 5 years.

98% of these children were transferred to adult court without the benefit of a hearing before a judge.

Children as young as 12 years old have been tried as adults.

An adult court conviction creates more crime and criminals, not less.

What to do?
• 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 age 16.
• Only hold children charged as adults in juvenile facilities.


Real stories of Florida kids in this broken system:

I was prosecuted as an adult for a youthful offense

More stories:


Throwing children in prison turns out to be a really bad idea
The Washington Post, by Brad Plumer, June 15, 2015

The United States still puts more children and teenagers in juvenile detention than any other developed nations in the world, with about 70,000 detained on any given day in 2010. And as it turns out, this is very likely a bad idea.

A new paper (link below) by economists Anna Aizer and Joseph J. Doyle, Jrl offers strong evidence that juvenile detention is a really counterproductive strategy for many youths under the age of 19. Not only does throwing a kid in detention often reduce the chance that he or she will graduate high school, but it also raises the chance that the youth will commit more crimes later on in life. ...

LINK TO 'new paper'
Juvenile Incarceration, Human Capital and Future Crime: Evidence from Randomly-Assigned Judges


Florida leads nation in locking up kids in adult jails
The Tampa Bay Times, by Colleen Jenkins, Nov. 11, 2009

TAMPA — This week, as the U.S. Supreme Court heard appeals in two Florida juvenile cases, scholars took note that the state leads the nation in locking up kids for life who committed crimes in which no one died.

That isn't Florida's only distinction.

The state sends more children to adult jails and prisons, period. Laws make it easy for prosecutors to pluck young people out of the juvenile justice system before they turn 18.

And in sheer numbers, Hillsborough County transferred more juvenile cases to the adult system than any other county in fiscal year 2007-08, a St. Petersburg Times review of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice data shows. Percentage-wise, Palm Beach County ranked No. 1, with Pinellas following as a close second among the state's largest counties.

Six Tampa Bay area counties — Hillsborough, Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando, Citrus and Manatee — deemed juveniles in 1,410 cases bad enough to be charged as adults. On the other end of the spectrum, seven counties in Florida didn't send any young people to the adult system. ...


1st or 2nd Thursdays are monthly gatherings, building the growing progressive community. Share your petitions and other items of interest, make brief announcements. Enjoy the gathering, super programs, super people. Bring a friend! Free and open to the public.


Space Coast Progressive Alliance (SCPA) is an advocate for the Greater Public Interest on issues important to us all. We advance progressive policies that further civil and personal liberty, the environment, health care, education, labor, peace, social welfare, financial stability and international harmony. Florida non-profit founded in 2004.

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