Children’s advocates urge local prosecutors to choose an alternative to arresting juveniles


By Tessa Duvall and Tia Mitchell
September 14, 2016

TALLAHASSEE | A new study highlights that Duval is one of three Florida counties accounting for almost a quarter of the state’s youth misdemeanor arrests, opting for arrest over a proven alternative.

Duval, Hillsborough and Orange counties together arrested nearly 3,000 juveniles instead of offering them civil citations, a non-arrest alternative that sanctions mistakes through community service, counseling and other restorative techniques. The citations have a recidivism rate at least half that of arrest for each of the seven most common offenses, data shows…

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2016-11-25T20:08:55-05:00 Wednesday, September 14, 2016|

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