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Study tracks youths tried in adult court


first_imgMiami-Dade youths tried as adults and given adult sentences are twice as likely to re-offend as similar youth who are sentenced to juvenile justice programs, according to a recently released study.“Ironically, the study comes at a time when the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has proposed budget cuts that would prevent judges from sentencing youth who are tried as adults to the more effective juvenile programs,” according to a prepared statement from the office of 11th Circuit Public Defender Bennett H. Brummer.The study, produced by Craig A. Mason, Ph.D., formerly of the University of Miami (now with the University of Maine), found that over a one-year period, almost 90 percent of the youth sentenced to adult probation or boot camp re-offended or violated the terms of their sentences. In contrast, 40 percent of youth who received juvenile justice sanctions — mostly year-long juvenile residential programs or probation — re-offended or violated their sentences. When compared with youth given adult sanctions, the youth given juvenile justice sanctions had lower re-offense rates, even when they had similar delinquency histories and charges.“The study shows that when judges sentence youth to developmentally appropriate services and programs, they are less likely to reoffend than youth given cookie-cutter adult sentences,” Mason said.“We should do what we can to bring down youth re-offense rates. Funding solutions that are proven effective make sense, both in terms of saving taxpayer money and reducing the number of victims.”Data for the study was collected by Mason as part of an evaluation of the Juvenile Sentencing Advocacy Project, a program initially funded by the U.S. Justice Department and managed by the Miami-Dade County Public Defender’s Office.The JSAP collected, analyzed, and provided information that helped adult court judges make informed sentencing decisions. According to an evaluation of JSAP in the first year of the program, the number of youth receiving juvenile court sanctions increased 350 percent from 1998 to 1999.“The state saves taxpayer dollars and improves public safety when judges impose juvenile sentences rather than adult probation or boot camp. The research confirms that we know what works and what doesn’t. Eliminating sentences to juvenile commitment programs will not make our community safer. I hope that Florida’s policy-makers will now find the political will to do the right things and reject the department’s proposed cuts,” Brummer said, referring to DJJ’s proposed budget for fiscal year 2002-03 that would require that youth tried as adults could only receive adult sanctions.“Florida is first among the states in transferring youth to adult court,” said Patricia Puritz, director of the National Juvenile Defender Center.“Instead of denying transferred youth important rehabilitation opportunities, Florida should be trying to bring down re-offense rates by strengthening and funding effective juvenile programs.”A separate five-year study by the DJJ released January 8 called “Trends in Transfer of Juveniles to Adult Criminal Court” cite the JSAP study and agreed with its conclusion: “The researchers found that youth who receive sanctions and rehabilitation in Florida’s juvenile justice system have a lower rate of recidivism than their counterparts who are transferred to adult criminal court. The group reported that when the youth did recidivate, those transferred to the adult system committed more felony offenses.”For more information on the JSAP program or to download the study, visit www.pdmiami.com. If you have any questions, call Chief Assistant Public Defender Carlos Martinez at 305-545-1903 or e-mail Craig Mason, Ph.D., [email protected] Study tracks youths tried in adult court Study tracks youths tried in adult courtcenter_img February 15, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more


The Latest: No fans for Saints home opener against Bucs


first_imgThis is Nashville SC’s first season in MLS. The team dropped its first two matches of the season before the league shut down on March 12 because of the coronavirus pandemic.___The Big East joined the growing list of conferences not playing sports in the fall. The conference announced that men’s and women’s soccer, men’s and women’s cross country, volleyball and field hockey won’t be contested. Georgetown is the defending national champions in men’s soccer.Teams will still be allowed to practice and have team activities that are consistent with individual campus policies.Men’s and women’s basketball are not affected at this time and will be evaluated at a later point. Associated Press The Birmingham, Alabama-based conference’s Board of Directors cited health and safety of athletes and others on campus, mandatory participation protocols from the NCAA Board of Governors and the cancellation of Division II fall championships.The league said it would evaluation options for spring seasons in football, soccer and volleyball.___The Washington Football Team will at least begin the NFL season playing without fans in its stadium.The team formerly known as the Redskins says it plans to play home games at an empty FedEx Field in Landover, Maryland, “out of an abundance of caution due to the rapidly changing dynamics of the COVID-19 pandemic.” The decision can be reevaluated if conditions improve throughout the course of the season. The conference’s Board of Athletic Administrators also agreed to reduce the number of NJAC games played by each team from 18 to 9 for both men and women.The conference members are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City University, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Newark, Rutgers-Camden, Stockton University, The College of New Jersey and William Paterson.___The Division II Gulf South Conference is postponing competition in football, basketball, soccer and volleyball until at least Jan. 1.The league noted that the NCAA has identified those as high-risk contact sports that are subject to significant testing requirements for all student-athletes and personnel. ___The Big South Conference has decided to delay its fall sports seasons with the hopes of playing in the spring. But it will allow football-playing members to schedule up to four nonconference games in the fall at their own discretion.Commissioner Kyle Kallander says the decision was made to protect student-athletes during the coronavirus pandemic. He says the league hopes to play conference football, men’s and women’s cross-country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball in conjunction with its spring sports and still crown champions in all 19 of its sports.___The Division III New Jersey Athletic Conference has decided the delay the start of conference play in basketball until Jan. 20 because of the coronavirus pandemic. Lauscha said the Saints “remain cautiously optimistic” that fans may be able to attend the Sept. 27 game vs. Green Bay.___Nashville SC is finally about to play its first game since March, with an assistant coach filling in as manager due to a late COVID-19 test result.Assistant coach Steve Guppy will be filling in for coach Gary Smith. Nashville announced Wednesday afternoon that Smith could not travel with the team because of COVID-19 testing results that eventually came up negative. The result was not available before the team left for Wednesday night’s game against FC Dallas in Texas.Nashville never competed in Major League Soccer’s MLS is Back tournament in Florida because nine players tested positive for the coronavirus. That forced Nashville to become the second team to withdraw, joining FC Dallas after that team had 10 players and a coach test positive. The Latest: No fans for Saints home opener against Bucscenter_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The New Orleans Saints have announced their opening game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in the Superdome will be held without fans because of unfavorable COVID-19 trends in Louisiana. The decision Wednesday evening means fans won’t have a chance to attend six-time Super Bowl winner Tom Brady’s first game with his new club since leaving his only other team, the New England Patriots, for Tampa Bay.Saints President Dennis Lauscha says owner Gayle Benson’s “overriding directive and priority is the health and safety of our fans, our employees, the Mercedes-Benz Superdome staff and all of the coaches and players.”Lauscha says the club has been working with medical, health and safety professionals, state and local authorities, and the NFL to determine how and if the Superdome could safely host fans this season.The Saints and government officials concluded that at this time, regional and statewide trends regarding positive coronavirus cases do not meet health and safety standards the club established to host fans in the dome.New Orleans Mayor Latoya Cantrell said decisions about Saints home games “will be guided by data, and until we get to where we need to be, we will have to support the Saints from the sidelines at home.” ___President Donald Trump said Wednesday that he has spoken with Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence and LSU head coach Ed Orgeron about moving forward with the football season.Lawrence has helped spearhead the #WeWantToPlay movement. That’s a coalition of players calling on colleges not to cancel the upcoming season because of coronavirus concerns and give student-athletes greater say as it considers safety issues.Trump said Orgeron “feels his players just want to be out there.” The president said he’s hopeful that both college and high school football would be played in the fall. The Big Ten and Pac-12 said Tuesday they were postponing their football seasons. August 12, 2020 “This decision was not an easy one,” owner Dan Snyder said. “But after several discussions with federal, state and local officials – along with input from some of the nation’s foremost medical experts, based right here in the nation’s capital – we are confident that it is the right one.”___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sportslast_img read more


T-Time: Dual-quarterback play is a legitimate strategy


first_imgThere’s a common adage in college and professional football — “If you have two quarterbacks, you don’t have one.”College football’s elite clearly beg to differ.When looking at the AP Top-25 standings, the top three teams aren’t especially surprising. Alabama,  Georgia and Clemson all reached the College Football Playoff last season, and all three look geared to make return trips. They’ve destroyed opponents by a combined score of 556-165 in 2018.However, there is something odd happening at the sport’s most important position. Each of the top three teams employ some version of a two-quarterback system, and others should follow.It seemed like a fad early in the season. After all, it’s common for quarterback competitions to spill over into early-season cupcake games.But we’re now four games into the 2018 season and the top three teams are still using multiple quarterbacks. Somewhere, football traditionalists are losing their freaking minds.At Alabama, the Tide is rolling with sophomore phenom Tua Tagovailoa and decorated junior Jalen Hurts. The team’s savior in last year’s National Championship triumph, Tagovailoa has taken the bulk of snaps at signal caller, becoming a Heisman frontrunner in the process.With the scrambling ability of former Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel and the precision of  Katniss Everdeen, Tagovailoa is expected to reign as the unquestioned starter. But his backup is far from a slouch. Hurts led Alabama to two national championships in his first two seasons as starter, earning SEC Offensive Player of the Year honors as a true freshman. He’s played often this season and will continue to be a contributor due to his running ability.At Clemson and Georgia, the situations are slightly different. Clemson uses the purest form of a two-quarterback offense, sprinkling in freshman Trevor Lawrence and incumbent Kelly Bryant based on the situation (Lawrence was named the official starter on Monday, but Bryant is sure to keep playing).Seventy miles south, sophomore Jake Fromm is entrenched as Georgia’s starter after leading the Bulldogs to a 12-2 finish in 2017. But a tantalizing freshman, Justin Fields, looms in the background. The Cam Newton-esque prospect is completing 82 percent of his passes and averaging almost nine yards per carry.What started as an oddity is now strategy for the nation’s preeminent teams — and it’s obviously working. So where is this all heading?In today’s college football landscape, backup quarterbacks transfer more than Viterbi students do to Marshall. And it makes sense. Most Division I quarterbacks dream of competing on Sundays, and they can’t get there by sitting on a bench. Keeping quarterbacks happy is a challenge, especially since only one can play at a time, unlike a wide receiver or linebacker.But under new rules, players can now redshirt after playing in up to four games. This makes it more feasible than ever for teams to retain reserve quarterbacks. For instance, Georgia could shut down Fields for the remainder of the season and preserve a year of eligibility — after he’s already gotten valuable reps.Two-quarterback systems also make sense from a health perspective. Quarterbacks take a pounding in college football, just like they do in the NFL. Just look at the 11 sacks USC freshman quarterback JT Daniels has taken so far. By splitting time, college quarterbacks can minimize risk of injury and potentially prolong their professional careers.Of course, most teams don’t carry enough depth to utilize two quarterbacks. At USC, Daniels became just the second true freshman in school history to start in the season opener. It’s an impressive feat, sure, but it’s not like he had the stiffest competition. The Trojans’ other quarterbacks name them had a combined nine career pass attempts before this season, and no player was overly impressive in camp. Most schools don’t have the luxury of playing two quarterbacks like Clemson, Georgia and Alabama do.It’s hard to determine whether two-quarterback systems are here to stay. But with the new redshirt rule and increased concerns about player safety, the nation’s top teams are taking steps in the right direction.Here are a couple things I enjoyed in sports this week:USC gets back in the win columnIt wasn’t pretty, but USC managed to eke out a victory over Washington State thanks to a blocked field goal by freshman defensive lineman Jay Tufele. The defense gave up three fourth-down conversions and mounted little pressure aside from senior outside linebacker Porter Gustin’s lone sack. Yet there are plenty of positive takeaways from Friday night. Daniels avoided turnovers and completed a trio of tight-window touchdown passes. Sophomore running back Vavae Malepai displayed his knack for reaching the end-zone, adding a pair of touchdown runs. My main complaint? Give sophomore running back Stephen Carr the rock more! He’s averaging 5.9 yards per carry on just 33 attempts. USC women’s soccer keeps rolling They say, “Saturdays are for the boys,” but this Saturday belonged to the women’s soccer team. The team opened conference play against a tough Washington team and won 3-0, with three different Trojans scoring goals. At 8-0-1, USC looks poised to make another deep run in the NCAA Tournament. Women’s soccer is currently the best team at USC (on land), and it’s not particularly close. Trevor Denton is a junior majoring in broadcast and digital journalism. His column, “T-Time,” runs every other Wednesday.last_img read more