Clean slate for juveniles bill moving forward

A bill moving through the Florida Legislature could give teens who break the law a second chance by giving juveniles a clean slate when they turn 18.  

State Senator Darren Soto is sponsoring the measure.  Soto says when a teen makes a mistake their criminal record pops up on the internet, and too often, that person cannot get a job because of it. The bill would seal the public records for misdemeanors that a juvenile was convicted of, but critics wonder if it sends the message that it is okay for teens to "go wild." 

"No this isn't a free pass," said State Senator Darren Soto. "These kids are still going to have to go through all the punishment the court provides for them, whether it be juvenile detention, fines or community service, but really the key is we want to give them the opportunity as they become adults and finally are mature, to be able to get on with their lives," concluded Soto. 

The bill is moving through State Senate Committees and a similar bill is also moving through the House.


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