Criminal Justice

Florida is one of only three states that allows prosecutors to have the only say if a juvenile suspect is tried as an adult.

Florida’s prison population appears to be on the decline.

A Florida drug dealer has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison for his customer's fatal overdose.

Court records show that 25-year-old Hugo Margenat-Castro was sentenced Thursday. He pleaded guilty in March to conspiring to distribute heroin and distributing fentanyl causing death.

Authorities say Margenat-Castro advertised selling heroin on social media, prompting potential customers to contact him through a website and arrange a meeting to purchase the opioid. At some point, the heroin began to be laced with fentanyl.

Florida Tech Study Finds Success In Mental Health Court

Aug 2, 2017

A new study out of Florida Tech finds defendants who make it through mental health court are less likely to be arrested again.


Mental Health Courts Curb Recidivism

Jul 26, 2017

A new study from the Florida Institute of Technology finds that criminal defendants who graduate from mental health court are much less likely to be re-arrested.

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