On July 9th, over 460 leaders from 11 countywide DART Justice Ministry Organizations across Florida gathered virtually for a Call to Action to Stop Arresting Children. There were at least 112 HOPE leaders present on the call — way to go HOPE!
We united to highlight how many children across Florida are unnecessarily arrested, and thus branded for life with a criminal record, and to begin putting pressure on state and local officials to stop arresting children for 1st-time nonviolent misdemeanors.
Florida has been over-arresting children for minor offenses for many years. Across the state, our members shared stories of their children getting arrested for crossing though an orange grove after school, stealing an $8 dollar bracelet, etc.
When a child gets arrested, they are branded for life, which makes it hard to get jobs, get college scholarships, and get into the military.