Gov. Sean Parnell signed a pair of bills Monday, one of which set
up a youth court funding mechanism through court fines while the other
established a counseling program for jurors in emotionally traumatic
Senate Bill 257, sponsored by District B Democratic Sen. Dennis
Egan and District 4 Republican Rep. Cathy MuÃ±oz, sets up a process that
allows 25 percent of court fines to help fund youth court. Currently,
adult criminal fines belong to the unrestricted general fund.
Fourteen-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died one day after being sent to a "boot camp" juvenile justice facility and reports have emerged of a videotape of guards beating the boy. Anderson's death is the third in three years.
As the Associated Press reports the story, the NAACP and Florida's black legislators are demanding answers. All three of the young men who have died in these camps were black.
But that raises an awfully good question.