PNJ: Pensacola pastor pushes for juvenile justice reform in Tallahassee

The move to keep juveniles out of the adult court system continues, and a Pensacola pastor was among those pushing for change in the state Capitol last week.

From the PNJ:

The Rev. Rick Branch, of the First United Methodist Church of Pensacola and a member of the Escambia Youth Justice Coalition, spoke at the press conference and said he ministers to children in Escambia County’s juvenile justice facilities and in the county jail. He said through his interactions with children and staff, he believed that juvenile facilities were better equipped to provide kids with education and rehabilitative services.

But one local judge says the "direct file" system hardly leaves judges' decisions out of the process. "I've never had a juvenile referral I didn't think was serious,” Circuit Judge Thomas Dannheisser said.

Read more in the Pensacola News Journal

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