Our state urgently needs youth justice reform. Florida prosecutes more children in the adult criminal justice system than any other state. Last year, more than 900 kids were sent to the adult criminal justice system. Almost all of the children prosecuted as adults are transferred to the adult system at the sole discretion of prosecutors, without a judge’s input, through a process called “direct file.” There is no way for a child to appeal this decision. 

It's time for us to reform the way we treat children in our justice system. Call state lawmakers on the Senate Appropriations Committee and ask that judicial review of decisions to charge youth as adults be added to the Florida First Step Act.

Call Script:

"Hi, my name is ______ and I’m calling to ask that you include judicial review of direct file decisions in any criminal justice reform package assembled this session. Florida sends nearly 1,000 children to the adult criminal justice system each year - more than any other state in the nation. Unlike nearly every other state, Florida does not allow children to appeal the decision to charge them as adults. This is a change our children, families and communities need. Please ask Senator _____ to support due process for kids facing adult charges in Florida." 

Senate Appropriations Committee Members

  • State Senator Rob Bradley - (850) 487-5005
  • State Senator Wilton Simpson - (850) 487-5010
  • State Senator Aaron  Bean - (850) 487-5004
  • State Senator Lizbeth Benacquisto - (850) 487-5027
  • State Senator Lauren Book - (850) 487-5032
  • State Senator Jeff Brandes - (850) 487-5024
  • State Senator Oscar Braynon II - (850) 487-5035
  • State Senator Anitere Flores - (850) 487-5039
  • State Senator George Gainer - (850) 487-5002
  • State Senator Audrey Gibson - (850) 487-5006
  • State Senator Travis  Hutson - (850) 487-5007
  • State Senator Tom Lee - (850) 487-5020
  • State Senator Debbie Mayfield - (850) 487-5017
  • State Senator Bill Montford - (850) 487-5003
  • State Senator Kathleen Passidomo - (850) 487-5028
  • State Senator Bobby Powell - (850) 487-5030
  • State Senator Darryl Rouson - (850) 487-5019
  • State Senator David Simmons - (850) 487-5009
  • State Senator Kelli Stargel - (850) 487-5022
  • State Senator Linda Stewart - (850) 487-5013
  • State Senator Perry E. Thurston, Jr.  - (850) 487-5033

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