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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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Prosecutors Aren’t Seeking Adult Charges Against Kids Nearly as Often in Florida or Jacksonville - The Florida Times-Union

According to statistics from the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), Florida saw a significant decline in the number of children prosecuted as adults, especially in Jacksonville and Gainesville. Read more.   Photo by Mitchel L…
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New Juvenile System Designed to Keep Hillsborough Co. Teens from a Life of Crime - WFLA

Andrew Warren, State Attorney for the Thirteenth Judicial Circuit of Florida, announced a new diversionary program for juveniles called the Juvenile Arrest Avoidance Program. First-time misdemeanor offenders may avoid arrest if they complete…
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Hillsborough Leaders Tout Shared Goal of Second Chances for Juvenile Offenders - The Tampa Bay Times

Hillsborough County is looking to make major changes in the juvenile justice system by implementing a system that increases the use of civil citations and reduced the number of juveniles who are direct filed into adult court. Currently, while…