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…