In May of last year, state legislators and bureaucrats traveled around Florida to tout a new "Tough Love" package for delinquents that Gov. Jeb Bush had signed. The carnival of suits and ties who stood smiling for photo ops included Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) secretary W.G. "Bill" Bankhead, whose office provided reporters with carefully graphed charts indicating how tough the state would become: Sixteen- and seventeen-year-old defendants would be treated as adults if they carried or discharged a firearm while committing a crime; a "four strikes" law would allow teenagers to be charged in adult court if they had three felonies on their records; stays in state detention centers would be longer; and juveniles who violated parole would be quickly apprehended. In commenting on the measure, Bankhead seemed to summarize the state's attitude toward juvenile delinquency when he said: "I want to give our best shot to turn kids around, but after four times enough is enough and we need to make room for some... More >>>