A children’s advocacy group says the state isn’t putting enough money behind an effort to put fewer kids in juvenile lock-ups and instead get them preventive services.
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters has trumpeted a blueprint for overhauling Florida’s troubled juvenile justice system, called the “Roadmap to System Excellence.” It relies on putting fewer youths in residential facilities, which have high recidivism rates, and instead using community-based sanctions, such as civil citations, to keep them out of the deep end of the system.
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