Juvenile Justice (Bio)
Dewey's leadership in juvenile justice reform is with an alternative to arrest for common youth misbehavior called "juvenile civil citations” (also known as pre-arrest diversions). He is one of Florida's top experts - and Florida leads the nation in effectively using juvenile civil citations.
Dewey's work focuses on utilizing juvenile civil citations to achieve three key community outcomes: Increasing public safety, improving youth opportunities and saving lots of taxpayer money.
Working with key stakeholders – state attorneys, sheriffs and municipal police chiefs, school superintendents, public defenders, community groups – Dewey has facilitated the creation and building of juvenile civil citation programs in numerous counties. His leadership in three counties helped produce the following results:
- Nearly 5,000 youth were not arrested for common youth misbehavior (and not hampered with a life-long arrest record), and instead received juvenile civil citations.
- Increased public safety resources by $7 million for law & order entities to prevent and handle felonies (as a result of civil citation cost savings).
- Improvements made to youth assessments to better determine if youth were first-time, one-time offenders or at-risk to reoffend.
- Additional intervention services (like anger management, drug and alcohol abuse rehabilitation, life skills) were added to take at-risk youth headed in the wrong direction and put them on the right path.
Dewey authors Florida’s most important annual study on the topic – "Stepping Up: Florida's Top Juvenile Civil Citation Programs". He speaks at national and state conferences on the topics, as well as writing op-eds. Additionally, Dewey has provided consulting to the Florida Dept. of Juvenile Justice on building effective and efficient civil citation programs.
The Eckerd Family Foundation has funded much of Dewey’s work on this topic. The former president of the foundation, Joseph W. Clark, is on the The Caruthers Institute (CI) board of directors and is a thought-contributor on the issue.
Dewey has a Master's Degree in Organizational Management, and a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. He is 52-years-old and has lived in Florida for the past 20 years. He lives with his two daughters – Violet who is 12-years-old and Scarlet who is 9-years-old.
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