After nearly five years awaiting trial in Miami’s Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center, R.F’s case is finally moving forward (Read about R.F’s case history HERE) The youngest of his co-defendants, R.F recently took a deal for a minimum of 18 months (maximum of 36 months) in a juvenile facility. His older co-defendants all took deals between 20 and 30 years. R.F was able to plead down to a non-sexual offense, so he won’t have a sex offender charge on his record. In the next month or so he will be transferred to a youth treatment facility in Okeechobee, Florida, 140 miles of Miami. As part of the deal, after his release he will be on adult probation for ten years… which is going to be pretty tough. R.F was taken into custody when he was 14 years old. At the earliest, he will be 19 when he is released to society, at the latest 20.

R.F at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center in Miami, Florida. Image by Richard Ross for Juvenile In Justice.
For all involved in this case, it has been a long and often stagnant ordeal. For Gale Lewis, the public defender assigned to his case, the deal they were able to get for R.F represents a huge success after years and years of very hard work. This week we’ll be talking to Gale about the case now that it’s over, get her thoughts on the deals taken by R.F and his co-defendants, and find out what happens next. We’ll post that interview next week.

Richard first met R.F almost five years ago while he was awaiting trial during his stay at Turner Guilford Knight Correctional Center. Since then, we have stayed in touch with R.F, visiting occasionally and sharing updates with his case. To see all blog posts relating to his story, click HERE.

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