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When a person is arrested, and Florida's state attorneys are determining how to proceed with a case, it becomes a critical time during which victims of human trafficking can be identified and helped. Identifying victims among the arrested can not only get them help, but possibly lead to the arrest of those who are exploiting them.

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A South Floridian will lead the state’s Bar Association, serving both lawyers and citizens of the Sunshine State in legal information and leadership. Michael Higer from Miami stepped into the job as bar president earlier this summer. He joins Gulf Coast Live to talk about the issues the Florida Bar, and the state's lawyers, will face in the coming year.

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Florida sends more juveniles to adult court than any other state. Teens tried and convicted in Florida courts face longer sentences than adults found guilty of the same crime. At the same time, a juvenile tried as adult in Florida is less likely to face jail time than their peers tried in juvenile court. Those are just some of the findings of a new FSU study looking at how Florida treats juveniles transferred to its adult courts.

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Measures for Justice is a data-driven nonprofit tracking county-by-county data for crime, arrests, prosecutions, and more in an effort to assess—and hold accountable—the criminal justice system and attempts at reform.

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Calling Florida's criminal justice system "broken," and pointing to high rates of re-incarceration and growing costs to keep inmates in prison, the Florida ACLU and Lee County NAACP  are sponsoring a public forum Thursday night in Fort Myers to discuss reform.

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