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Facts & Stats
Florida prosecutes more children in the adult criminal justice system than any other state. In 2016, Florida direct filed more youth than California, Texas, North Carolina and Michigan combined. Since 2009, more than 16,000 children-some as young as 10 years old-have been prosecuted as adults in Florida.
77% of Floridians believe that a judge, not a prosecutor, should decide whether to prosecute a child as an adult.i
In 1983 Florida abolished parole for all crimes except capital murder.
In 1994 Florida also abolished parole for capital first degree murder cases allowing for only two possible sentences: mandatory life without parole or the death penalty.
Children housed in adult facilities are 9x more likely to commit suicide than those in juvenile facilities. They are also at the highest risk for sexual abuse.
Black children accounted for 65% of youth transferred to adult court in 2018- 2019.
Prisoners of Christ
The Sentencing Project