Orange County Florida’s efforts with juvenile civil citation, an alternative to arrest for common youth misbehavior, is moving in the right direction. The county’s utilization rate of juvenile civil citations for 2016 (January – September) is 43%, more than double its rate of 17% for FY 2014-2015, according to our research.
Orange County was identified as one of three counties – along with Duval and Hillsborough – that comprised nearly 25% of all arrests for common youth misbehavior in the state in FY 14-15, according to “Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Civil Citations 2016”, the state’s top annual study on the topic.
By increasing its utilization rate to 43% in 2016, the county increased its public safety resources to prevent and handle more serious crimes by $675,000 – $2.1 million, which was generated via cost savings from utilizing civil citations instead of arrests. However, if the county would increase its utilization to 75%, it would generate $1.6 million – $5.2 million.