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Juvenile Justice Studies

Solution to arrests for common youth misbehavior: Prearrest diversions called “juvenile civil citations”

Florida leads the nation in the solution to effectively address common youth misbehavior – it’s called a “juvenile civil citation”, which is a prearrest diversion. 

The Caruthers Institute conducts Florida’s most important annual study on the issue called “Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Prearrest Diversion Efforts.”  The study is authored by Dewey Caruthers who is one of Florida’s top experts on the topic.  To date in Florida, the Institute has conducted five statewide studies and nearly 300 county reports.

The studies are supported by national and state juvenile justice and children’s organizations including: Florida League of Women Voters, Florida PTA, Florida Juvenile Justice Association, ACLU Florida, Southern Poverty Law Center, James Madison Institute, Project on Accountable Justice.

2019 Study: Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Prearrest Diversion Efforts 2019

Study

Click here for study: https://the-caruthers-institute.foleon.com/study/december-2019/welcome/

Study News Coverage

Handling common youth misbehavior in Tampa Bay is a tale of two counties | Column (Jan 2, 2020) Tampa Bay Times  https://www.tampabay.com/opinion/2020/01/01/handling-common-youth-misbehavior-in-tampa-bay-is-a-tale-of-two-counties-column/ 

Pinellas leads Florida in juvenile arrest diversions, while Hillsborough lags, report says / News story (De. 27, 2019)Tampa Bay Times 

https://www.tampabay.com/florida-politics/buzz/2019/12/27/pinellas-leads-florida-in-juvenile-arrest-diversions-while-hillsborough-lags-report-says/

Florida jailing fewer kids for minor crimes Orange, Osceola lag behind the trend, study says / News story (Dec 31, 2019)  Orlando Sentinel

https://www.orlandosentinel.com/news/crime/os-ne-juvenile-arrests-study-orange-osceola-20191231-r4fnsbf7zbenbbzlhyehemyifa-story.html

Miami leads in keeping kids out of jail, but much of Florida fails / News story  (Dec. 27, 2019) Miami Herald

https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/crime/article238724693.html

2015 – 2018 studies below


2018 Juvenile Justice
FL State Study

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2018 Juvenile Justice
FL County Report

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2018 Study
Press Release

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2017 Juvenile Justice
FL State Study

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2017 Juvenile Justice
FL County Report

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2017 Study
Press Release

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study-cover-2 2016 Juvenile Justice
FL State Study

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FL County Report

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pressrelease-civil-citation-state 2016 Study
News Release

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FL State Study

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2015 Study News Release

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