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Campaign Looks to Help Juvenile Offenders

Roy Miller -- President of the Children's Campaign
Posted at 6:00 PM, Feb 13, 2015
and last updated 2015-02-13 13:07:05-05

TALLAHASSEE, Fl. (WTXL) -- The Children's Campaign is a local non-profit child advocacy group that is fighting to increase awareness of juvenile records impacting children and young adults. They are trying to help these kids by collecting personal stories of those who have been affected to take to lawmakers.

According to the organization, juvenile incidents are not automatically wiped away from records once a child turns 18. Even records of crimes that weren't involved in public safety are hard to remove. This can cause applications to jobs, military, and college scholarships to be rejected.

While the removal of these records is possible, the task involves lawyers and money, which can be near impossible for families not financially stable.

"Some juvenile arrests go away when a child becomes an adult and they're 24 or 26 but now they're almost 8 or 9 years behind their peers", said Children's Campaign president Roy Miller. "We did a statewide poll and 85% of Floridians (parents) believe that records go away when their children turn 18 and its not true and they're shocked when they find out."

Miller urges anyone who's had juvenile records get in their way of their success to contact him directly. His number is 727-224-7274 or you can visit their website iamforkids.org.