Action Alert
Urge the Escambia County Commission to Vote YES on Direct-File Resolution

On Feb. 8, the Pensacola City Council passed a resolution that affirmed their commitment to treat kids as kids and end direct file.

Let's build on this momentum! The Escambia County Commission is meeting on Feb. 15 to vote on a direct file resolution. Email them now and ask them to follow the Pensacola City Council's lead and adopt comprehensive reform to end direct file in the county.

Last year, the First Judicial District – which includes Escambia County – prosecuted more children as adults than any other judicial district in the state. Children are developmentally different from adults, and the adult penal system is not designed to rehabilitate, leaving children prosecuted as adults without necessary programs and education.

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Steven Barry, Escambia County Commissioner, District 5
Doug Underhill, Escambia County Commissioner, District 2
Jeff Bergosh, Chairman,  Escambia County Commissioner, District 1
Grover C Robinson IV,, Escambia County Commissioner, District 4
Lumon May, Vice Chairman,  Escambia County Commissioner, District 3
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I am writing to thank you for considering a resolution that would affirm the county's support of treating children as children and keeping them out of the adult criminal justice system whenever possible. On Feb. 8th, the Pensacola City Council voted "YES" to passing important reform to make our juvenile justice system more equitable, and I'm asking that you do the same on Feb. 15th.
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I hope you will vote "YES" on Feb. 15th on a direct-file resolution and support safer communities and better protections for our children.
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