The Florida Experiment


An Analysis of the Process of Granting Prosecutorial Discretion to try Juveniles as Adults


Out of the fifty states within the United States, forty-three have altered their laws to allow their judges to try juveniles as adults in the adult court system, but of those forty-three states Florida leads the pack by far. Florida is one of the fifteen states within the United States that allows for its Prosecutors to decide whether or not a juvenile is tried in a juvenile or adult court for a crime they have committed. Of those fifteen states, Florida has recorded sending the most juvenile offenders to be tried in adult courts, while also be tried as ...

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have shown that there are more cases of juveniles reoffending later in life when tried as an adult and sent to adult penitentiaries, than juveniles who were tried as minors and dealt with inside the juvenile justice system. These statistics show Florida’s overall crime control impact has resulted negatively in recidivism, primarily due to the amount of juveniles who are tried and convicted as adults after committing delinquency. National averages also illustrate how when comparing Florida with the rest of the nation, their recidivism rates are higher in every aspect. Most believe that these statistics are due to the amount of power given to the prosecutors to decide whether a juvenile is tried as an adult, the amount of juveniles sentenced in adult penitentiaries, and the lack of implementation of programs that focus on helping the juvenile learn from their mistakes, rather than just do time for their actions.
With Juvenile Delinquency becoming a more relevant issue today, ...

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should be followed closely to see what impact it has if more states do indeed adopt it.
The reason for the implementation of this policy was intended to ensure that juveniles who committed violent delinquent acts were detained for those acts. It wasn’t until 1991 when a survey was administered to view whether or not this policy was achieving what it set out to accomplish. The survey showed that only 28% of juveniles who were prosecuted in Florida as adults were due to violent delinquents acts, while 55% of juveniles were prosecuted as adults were due to property crimes without violence. The survey also showed that 5% of juveniles prosecuted as adults only committed misdemeanors, while ...

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