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The Caruthers Institute is a nonprofit, nonpartisan think-tank that conducts research, crafts solutions and leads advocacy on emerging issues for the purpose of data-driven social change. The Institute, based in St. Petersburg, Florida, believes important policy decisions should be made based upon data – not ideology, partisanship or political influence.



Annual Study announces top 50 K-12 education foundations in the nation

“Stepping Up: The Nation’s Top K-12 Education Foundations 2017” shows Florida and Texas most well represented, followed by Utah, California, Tennessee, Nebraska.

Q&A: The Data-Driven Methodology behind “Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Justice Efforts 2017”

The 2017 Stepping Up study graded Florida counties, school districts and law enforcement agencies on their performance in using civil citations, using the traditional A-F scale (90% and above=A; 80-89%=B, 70-79%=C, 60-69%=D, 59% and below=F). The data used for the [...]

Florida counties fare poor on juvenile civil citation rates with three-quarters earning an F grade

Florida’s third annual comprehensive study of alternatives to juvenile arrests for common youth misbehavior—called Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Civil Citation Efforts 2017—shows three-quarters of all counties earned an F grade. Although Florida’s rate of issuing civil citations to juveniles instead of arresting them went up 10 points over last year’s study to 53 percent, the state still earned an F grade.

Requiring Juvenile Civil Citations in Florida

Report demonstrates proposed legislation requiring juvenile civil citations for minor offenses would benefit public safety, youth and taxpayers

Reports show Florida county performance with juvenile civil citations: “Stepping Up: Florida County Juvenile Civil Citation Reports 2016” released

“Stepping Up Florida County Juvenile Civil Citation Reports 2016” provides reporting of the performance of each county, its school district and its law enforcement agencies with juvenile civil citations, an alternative to arrest for common youth misbehavior. Stepping Up County [...]