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Orange Sheriff’s Office Revamping Juvenile Policies

I don’t know any law enforcement officers who got into this line of work to arrest kids. I know when I entered the profession 30 years ago, I was hoping to help kids — to give them a compassionate interaction with a cop, not their first…
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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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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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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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Study: New Rule Should Mean More Florida Kids in Diversion Programs - The Tampa Bay Times

The Caruthers Institute release its newest study on the use of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Key findings include: Utilization continues to increase but more slowly than in previous years. Counties that saw substantial increased…
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FREE Civil Citation Advocate Webinar - June 28 at 2:00 PM

Join the Caruthers Institute, ACLU of Florida, Southern Poverty Law Center, and the League of Women Voters of Florida for an advocacy webinar on using civil citations for youth. Thursday, June 28 at 2 pm ET  Webinar details will be emailed…
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Transforming Juvenile Probation - The Annie E. Casey Foundation

The Annie E. Casey Foundation presents its vision for transforming juvenile probation into a focused intervention that promotes personal growth, positive behavior change and long-term success for youth who pose significant risks for serious…
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A Push for More Civil Citations for Volusia County Students - WMFE

Fighting Against Injustice Towards Harmony (FAITH) has been asking school officials and law enforcement to issue more juvenile civil citations to eligible students in Volusia County. Read more.
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LWV May Hot Topic: Prosecution Alternatives for Youth - May 24, 11:00 AM

Learn about Seminole County's PAY (Prosecution Alternatives for Youth) Program, a diversion program for juvenile offenders which both holds them accountable for their delinquent behavior and gives them a chance to avoid prosecution in Juvenile…
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Expert Calls for Expanded Use of Restorative Justice in Jacksonville - The Florida Times-Union

This month, State Attorney Melissa Nelson's Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee held an event featuring two speakers: Lauren Abramson, a biopsychologist and founder of the Community Conferencing Center in Baltimore, and Ellis Curry, who was…
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Intersection: How Civil Citations Bring Juvenile Arrest Rates Down

In this segment of Intersection, Chief Judge Frederick Lauten of the Ninth Judicial Circuit discusses the effectiveness of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Read more and listen.
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Study: Three-Quarters of Florida Counties Earn "F" Grade on Juvenile Civil Citations - Southern Poverty Law Center

The Caruthers Institute released the 2017 edition of its annual report on the use of juvenile civil citations in Florida. Although Florida has increased its use of juvenile civil citations overall, the majority of counties still received…