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Central Florida leads the rest of the state in juvenile arrests. Photo: St. Edwards University.
Special Series Stories

In Prison By Sixteen


Orange County has the highest number of juvenile arrests in Florida. Black boys make up the majority of those arrests for crimes charged as felonies. In the first installment of Young & Arrested, 90.7’s Renata Sago takes us to Orlando’s Pine Hills neighborhood, a mixed-income black neighborhood with the state’s highest volume of arrests. It is where one young man landed in prison before he could graduate high school.
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Orange & Osceola County Public Defender Robert Wesley. Photo: Matthew Peddie / WMFE
Intersection

Intersection: Public Defender Robert Wesley’s Clothing Drive


On Saturday, Orange and Osceola County public defender Robert Wesley holds his annual clothing drive- seeking business clothes to help defendants look presentable in court. Wesley explains why appearance makes a big difference to defendants, and he talks about the progress made in keeping kids out of the court system.
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Central Florida leads the rest of the state in juvenile arrests. Photo: St. Edwards University.
Central Florida News

Orange County Leads Florida in Juvenile Arrests


Law enforcement agencies in Orange County arrest more minors than in any other part of the state according to the latest data from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. The agency’s annual Delinquency Profile for 2015-16 finds that officers across Orange County booked more than 6,547 youth during that time and 7,003 the previous year.
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Darryl Owens Perspectives

Darryl Owens: Juveniles Too Often Treated As Adults In FL Justice System


Some juvenile justice experts say a legal procedure called “direct file” makes Florida the toughest state to be a kid in the juvenile justice system…too tough. They’re coming together to try to change the process. Orlando Sentinel columnist and editorial writer Darryl Owens explains what “direct file” means and why he thinks it’s getting so much attention.
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