Juveniles Arrested in Jacksonville May Not be Shackled

The Florida Supreme Court just decided that juveniles should only be shackled in certain circumstances. Before this ruling, if a juvenile was arrested in Jacksonville, whenever the child was brought to court, they would be in 4 point shackles. Even if the child was in jail for petty theft, he or she would be in these heavy restraints.

Some juveniles can still be shackled. If the child:

1. Is a physical threat to himself or others in the courtroom.
2. If the child has a history of disruptive behavior.
3. If the court believes the child will try to run.

The goal of juvenile court is supposed to be rehabilitation and if your child is arrested in Jacksonville, you should consult with a Jacksonville juvenile attorney.