Which are the most dangerous states for guardianship?
Florida is among the top states in terms of fatalities, but that’s not enough to prevent the state from having a very dangerous guardianship system.
A recent study from the Washington Post found that Florida is the second-most dangerous state for guardianships, with nearly a quarter of all guardianship cases in the state resulting in a court finding of involuntary servitude.
The state’s “voluntary servitude” laws are among the strictest in the nation, meaning the law mandates that the victim must be at least 16 years old to be forced into an involuntary servile relationship, which is defined as forced labor or slavery.
It also mandates that all victims must be able to speak and understand English and is enforced with fines.
Guardianship is also the basis for many state court cases, including one from March where a mother was found guilty of involuntary manslaughter after her 13-year-old son died in a car crash.
The father, who was also found to have been negligent in the death of his son, was convicted of involuntary child support and sentenced to probation.
Florida is also home to one of the nation’s most expensive guardianships for children, with the state’s highest cost per ward being $9,700 per year for a one-bedroom, one-bath, one bathroom apartment.
But the state is not alone.
As the Washington Free Beacon reported last year, “More than half of all U.S. states have some form of guardianship law in place.
Only four states, Vermont, California, Maine and Washington, D.C., have a higher proportion of victims with guardianship laws than Florida.”