By Kristen Clark, Times/Herald Tallahassee Bureau
September 14, 2016
TALLAHASSEE — Hillsborough County lags far behind Pinellas in the use of juvenile civil citations — an alternative that experts praise as a more effective and beneficial option to arrest for misdemeanor crimes, according to a new independent study released Wednesday.
Hillsborough used civil citations over arrests in only 32 percent of eligible cases for 2014-15. By comparison, Pinellas gave citations 82 percent of the time, the second highest rate in Florida…