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Young & Arrested

Signs with positive words such as "faith," "resilience," and "vivacious" are on the walls of the Orange County Juvenile Assessment Center. Photo: Joey Roulette.
The Orange County Juvenile Assessment Center is where kids are brought after being stopped by police. The building is located in Parramore, once a hub for juvenile arrests.  Photo: Joey Roulette.
The Orange County Juvenile Assessment Center is where kids are brought after being stopped by police. The building is located in Parramore, once a hub for juvenile arrests.  Photo: Joey Roulette.
Case managers, probation officers, private security officers and private community providers are houses in Orange County’s Juvenile Assessment Center. Photo: Joey Roulette.
Case managers, probation officers, private security officers and private community providers are houses in Orange County’s Juvenile Assessment Center. Photo: Joey Roulette.
Livenson Loriston is program manager for a community provider that partners with Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice. Photo: Joey Roulette.
 Some kids are taken from the juvenile system into the adult criminal system to be tried for cases. Florida once had a high direct file rate compared to other states. Photo: Renata Sago, WMFE.
Some kids are taken from the juvenile system into the adult criminal system to be tried for cases. Florida once had a high direct file rate compared to other states. Photo: Renata Sago, WMFE.
Christina Daly is secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, which began a revamp of its system in 2011. Photo: Joey Roulette.
Christina Daly is secretary of Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice. The agency began a revamp in 2011 of how it handles kids who have been arrested. Photo: Joey Roulette.
Katherine Puzone, who heads the juvenile defense clinic at Barry University School of Law, says the system places the “middle class judgments of white people” on kids. Photo: Joey Roulette.
Katherine Puzone, who heads the juvenile defense clinic at Barry University School of Law, says the system places the “middle class judgments of white people” on kids. Photo: Joey Roulette.
Jaylon Cobb, now 20 years old, has trained at the Cordon Bleu. By fourteen, he had dropped out of school and was in a gang in a tough part of Apopka. Photo: Renata Sago, WMFE.
Jaylon Cobb, now 20 years old, has trained at the Cordon Bleu. By fourteen, he had dropped out of school and was in a gang in a tough part of Apopka. Photo: Renata Sago, WMFE.

About this project


Orange County leads the state in juvenile arrests according to data from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
The majority of those arrests are felonies charged to black boys. In this five-part series, 90.7 WMFE reporter Renata Sago documents Orange County’s complex system for handling kids who commit crimes. The stories are told through the lens of three black men who were charged with felonies as children.

 

Tree-Removal Bill Could Change The Look Of The Villages

A bill on Governor Ron DeSantis’ desk could give residents of The Villages more power to cut down trees on their property.
Egnor has been an assistant principal in Volusia County for more than a decade. He replaces ousted superintendent Tom Russell. Photo: Flickr Creative Commons

Volusia County Schools Chooses an Interim Superintendent

Tim Egnor was picked by the school board yesterday. 

Boeing Space Headquarters Moving To Florida’s Space Coast

Boeing Space is moving its space and launch headquarters from Arlington, Virginia to Titusville, Florida.
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Trump In Orlando – The View From Inside The Rally And The Protests

It's official: President Donald Trump is running for re-election. We bring you the view from inside the announcement and inside the protests.

Helping Teens In Foster Care Get Drivers Licenses

For thousands of youth in Florida’s foster care system, getting a driver’s license can be a challenge. Keys to Independence is trying to change that. For the last four and a half years, the state funded program has helped hundreds of older teens get driver’s licenses and learner permits. Danielle Levine and David Finucan explain how the program works.

President Trump Launches Re-Election Campaign In Front Of A Packed House At The Amway Center

President Trump made his campaign official Tuesday night at the Amway Center in downtown Orlando.

Analysis: President Trump’s Orlando Re-election Campaign Launch Makes Sense Politically, Geographically

Political analysts say President Trump’s decision to announce his re-election bid in Orlando makes sense both politically and geographically.
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Supporters & Protesters Face Off In Orlando As President Trump Launches Re-Election Campaign

A line of police officers formed a barrier with bikes to keep a group of about 40 men wearing Proud Boy shirts from entering the protest area. Things got tense as police officers allowed Trump Protesters to enter and leave freely, but not the men in MAGA hats.
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Fishkind Conversations: There’s More To Existing Home Price Data Than You Think

The real estate website Zillow has raised eyebrows with its report that Orlando home prices are dipping for the first time since 2012. Economic analyst Hank Fishkind says sales and prices of existing homes are indeed flattening, but it’s not time to panic. There are different ways to look at the data.

Trump Supporters: Why They Came From Across Florida For Tuesday’s Rally

Supporters of President Trump have already begun to line-up outside downtown Orlando’s Amway Center ahead of Tueday's re-election rally.

Credits:

  • Reporting – Renata Sago, WMFE
  • Photography – Joey Roulette and Renata Sago, WMFE
  • Radio editing and production – Catherine Welch, WMFE and Renata Sago, WMFE
  • Digital editing and production – Renata Sago, WMFE
  • Web engineering and design – Ryan Ellison, WMFE
  • Social media – Jenny Babcock, WMFE
  • Technical support – Mac Dula, WMFE

 

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