Children’s advocates urge local prosecutors to choose an alternative to arresting juveniles

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By Tessa Duvall and Tia Mitchell
September 14, 2016


TALLAHASSEE | A new study highlights that Duval is one of three Florida counties accounting for almost a quarter of the state’s youth misdemeanor arrests, opting for arrest over a proven alternative.

Duval, Hillsborough and Orange counties together arrested nearly 3,000 juveniles instead of offering them civil citations, a non-arrest alternative that sanctions mistakes through community service, counseling and other restorative techniques. The citations have a recidivism rate at least half that of arrest for each of the seven most common offenses, data shows…

— See full story at: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2016-09-14/story/childrens-advocates-urge-local-prosecutors-choose-alternative-arresting

2016-11-25T20:08:55+00:00 Wednesday, September 14, 2016|

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