Juvenile Justice Studies
Solution to arrests for common youth misbehavior: 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 an alternative to arrest. Some states refer to this approach as a pre -arrest diversion.
The Caruthers Institute conducts Florida's most important annual study on the issue, authored by founder Dewey Caruthers who is one of Florida’s top experts on the topic. Florida is a model for the nation on how to address common youth misbehavior with juvenile civil citations. Additionally, Dewey has worked with numerous Florida counties to build and grow juvenile civil citation programs.
To date in Florida, Stepping Up has conducted four statewide studies, 268 county reports and a report to inform legislative decision-making.
2015 Juvenile Justice
FL State Study
2015 Study News Release