The Florida Experiment: An analysis of the practice of granting prosecutors discretion to try juveniles as adults

Anthony Laster was one of 4,660 youth who Florida prosecutors sent to adult court last year under the wide ranging powers they enjoy with the state’s direct file provisions. Florida is one of 15 states that allow prosecutors–not a judge–to decide whether children arrested for crimes ranging from shoplifting to robbery should be dealt with in the juvenile justice or criminal justice system.


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