Orange-Osceola counties lead Florida in arrests of children between 5 to 10

Community Legal Services of Mid-Florida Children’s Rights Unit attorneys are battling the School to Prison Pipeline epidemic plaguing our state. Across Central Florida these CLSMF attorneys are engaging community leaders to address these problems affecting our youth population. CLSMF advocates are also out generating awareness on these issues including the effect of zero tolerance policies on the increasing rate of arrests of children – particularly children of color or with disabilities.

Watch the WFTV Channel 9 videos on the crisis being addressed in Orange and Osceola counties.

An Orange-Osceola County public defender is calling for police to stop arresting young children on minor offenses. Public Defender Robert Wesley said the 9th Judicial Circuit, which covers Orange and Osceola counties, arrests more children between the ages of 5 and 10 than Florida’s other 19 judicial circuits. Wesley and community leaders held a news conference at the Florida A&M University College of Law on Beggs Avenue in downtown Orlando Wednesday September 9, 2015.