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Orange Cops Relying More on Citations, Not Arrests, for Juveniles — But Still Lag Other Urban Counties, Report Finds

Police and deputies in Orange County are giving teenagers in trouble more civil citations instead of arresting them for misdemeanors, but other urban counties in Florida still give citations instead of arresting minors in a far higher share…
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This Week in the Florida Legislature, January 7-11

This week, the House Criminal Justice Committee held their inaugural meetings for the 2018 Legislative Session. The meeting began with a presentation on juvenile civil citation and direct file by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ),…
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Orange County Juvenile Justice Arrests Plummet

Orange County saw a dramatic drop in juvenile arrests in the past year and particularly in felony arrests of juveniles, following reforms pushed by State Attorney Aramis Ayala and implemented by the Orange County Sheriff’s Office and other…
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Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) Coordinating Council To Hold Meeting

On December 19, 2018, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. ET, the Department of Justice will convene the Coordinating Council on Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (Council) in Washington, DC. The Council coordinates federal juvenile delinquency…
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Volunteers Needed: Prosecution Alternative for Youth (PAY)

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED: Prosecution Alternative for Youth (PAY), a 90-day pre-trial diversion program for first-time juvenile offenders, is currently in need of additional Volunteer Hearing Officers to assist in Teen Court or with our Juvenile Alternative…
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SNAP Program Helps At-Risk Kids Before They Get into Trouble - The Pensacola News Journal

The "Stop Now and Plan" program has been trickling across Florida counties for the past four years, initially under the banner of the Department of Juvenile Justice but it is now run by the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services. The program…
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NACDL Meeting & Seminar: Decoding & Litigating Mental Health Issues - October 24-27

NACDL's 2018 Fall Meeting & Seminar,"Decoding & Litigating Mental Health Issues" will be held at the Hyatt Regency in Savannah, GA, October 24-27, 2018. Experts estimate that between 55 and 75% of all incarcerated people suffer…
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Pre-Arrest Advocacy Call - August 22 at 6:00 PM

Dear SuppoDear Supporter, Pre-arrest diversion programs, such as civil citations, have proven to be the best tool for addressing common youth misbehavior. To support local advocates as they work to ensure these programs are used to their fullest,…
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At Risk Youth - Protective Factors and Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) - August 9-10

Protective factors are those elements of a young person's life that protect them against future criminal behavior. Learn how traditional Native American values and teachings can be used in a flexible curriculum to help young people stop engaging…
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Designing/Reforming Your Tribal Juvenile Justice System – Big Picture Considerations

Earlier this month, this course was presented by the Hon. Pat Sekaquaptewa with guest presenter Lauren van Shilfgaarde. The course provides participants an introductory instructional experience to support development or enhancement of Tribal…
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Making Schools Safer: Harsh Consequences, Or Second Chances? - NPR

"For the last 14 years I had been a stay at home mom and a soccer mom of three kids," says Lori Alhadeff. "On Valentine's Day my daughter was brutally shot down and murdered and I became a school safety activist." Read more.