By Mike Vasilinda
September 14, 2016
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (CAPITOL NEWS DESK) – Police in Florida arrested nearly 12,000 juveniles for minor offenses last year, even though all were eligible for a civil citation.
A new study commissioned by the Children’s Campaign shows using criminal sanctions results in more repeat offenders.
“For vandalism, the civil citation recidivism rate is three percent,” Dewey Caruthers, author of Stepping Up Study, said. “For post arrest diversion is nine percent, triple the rate.”
The use of civil citations was up five percent last year, but Duval and Hillsborough saw a significant drop…