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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.



How states can shrink school-to-prison pipelines and reap enormous benefits

In the 1990s, states began to address low-risk youth conduct with zero tolerance policies that criminalized acts like fights without injuries, vandalism, petit theft, underage drinking, marijuana possession, and other common youth misbehaviors. These petty acts—in previous days handled by [...]

Solutions-driven study underway on Pinellas teen auto theft epidemic

St. Petersburg-based think tank and national public health research organization will outline potential solutions for reducing teen auto thefts while addressing root causes.

For kids seeking second chances, Pinellas a better place to be than Hillsborough, study shows

Kathryn Varn, Times Staff Writer When it comes to second chances, one side of Tampa Bay is a better place to be a kid in trouble than the other. That's according to a report released this week grading Florida counties [...]

Column: Pinellas leads in using juvenile civil citations

By Dewey Caruthers, special to the Times Kids in Florida are being arrested for common youth misbehavior at high rates throughout the state, but not in Pinellas County, where law enforcement agencies have embraced an effective alternative. If your child [...]

Civil citations for juvenile offenders increasing in Florida

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - The use of civil citations for juvenile offenders in Florida is increasing but are still underutilized by schools and law enforcement agencies across the state. Civil citations serve as an alternative to arrest for common youth misbehavior, [...]