For more juvenile offenders, it’s a citation rather than arrest


By Kristen M. Clark, Herald/Times Tallahassee Bureau
September 14, 2016

Miami-Dade County led the state last year in sending child offenders to diversion programs rather than arresting them for misdemeanor crimes, according to a new independent study released Wednesday.

But while Miami-Dade — like Florida, on the whole — is doing better to favor juvenile civil citations, the nonpartisan “Stepping Up 2016” study found other counties, including Manatee, have a long way to go in making better use of the alternative, which experts praise as a more effective and beneficial option to arrest…

2016-11-25T20:14:51-05:00 Wednesday, September 14, 2016|

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