Study: Arresting Youth for Common Misbehavior Harms Public Safety

Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Civil Citation Efforts shows three counties— Duval, Hillsborough, Orange — were responsible for nearly one-quarter of all statewide arrests.

Florida’s second annual comprehensive study of alternatives to juvenile arrests for common youth misbehavior — called “Stepping Up: Florida’s Top Juvenile Civil Citation Efforts 2016” — shows counties that arrest youth rather than issue civil citations create more reoffenders who generate more crime, running counter to law enforcement’s basic responsibility to reduce crime. Juvenile civil citations are an alternative to arrest for common youth misbehavior.

Authored by one of Florida’s top juvenile civil citation experts and supported by state and national juvenile justice reform organizations, the study also shows increasing the use of civil citations statewide up to 75% would enable law & order entities to invest up to $62 million in preventing and addressing felonies and serious crimes, as well as significantly improve life outcomes for nearly 7,000 arrested youth.

The 2016 top-performing counties for civil citation include: Baker, Bay, Broward, Dade, Lafayette, Leon, Pinellas, Seminole, Marion, Monroe, Nassau, Union, Wakulla.

2016 Stepping Up Study

2016 County Report

Statewide Press Release

 

Press Coverage:

Reduce Crime and Save Taxpayer Money? Don’t Arrest Kids, Study Says
September 26, 2016 | Florida Watchdog
 
Reduce Crime and Save Taxpayer Money? Don’t Arrest Kids, Study Says
September 26, 2016 | Conservative Angle
 
Schools Rank First in Civil Citation Study
September 23, 2016 | Suwannee Democrat
 
Hillsborough Should Expand Civil Citation Program for Youths
September 23, 2016 | Tampa Bay Times
 
Advocates Say Citation A Civil Approach to Crime
September 23, 2016 | WFSU
 
Andrew Warren Calls for Expansion of Civil Citations in Hillsborough County
September 20, 2016 | St. Peters Blog
 
Greater Use of Juvenile Civil Citations
September 16, 2016 | North Escambia
 
Monroe County Ranks First | Florida Juvenile Civil Citation
September 15, 2016 | Konk Life
 
Civil Citations Save Kids, Cash
September 15, 2016 | iHeart Media, WFLA
 
Greater Use of Juvenile Civil Citations Sought
September 15, 2016 | Albuquerque Express
 
For More Juvenile Offenders, It’s a Citation Rather Than Arrest
September 14, 2016 | Miami Herald
 
Coalition Wants Greater Use of Juvenile Civil Citations
September 14, 2016 | sNEWSi
 
The DayStarter: A Vote on Uber and Lyft, More on Pinellas’ Sewage Spill Problem, Kanye and More Rain
September 14, 2016 | Tampa Bay Times
 
Avocates Say Civil Citations the Ticket to Lower Recidivism
September 14, 2016 | WGCU
 
New FL Study Further Shows Benefits of Juvenile Civil Citations Over Arrest
September 14, 2016 | WN
 
Study Says Civil Citations Under Utilized
September 14, 2016 | Capitol News Service
 
Miami-Dade Juvenile Offenders Getting a Break
September 14, 2016 | Miami Herald
 
Children’s Advocates Urge Local Prosecutors to Choose an Alternative to Arresting Juveniles
September 14, 2016 | The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville
 
For More Juvenile Offenders, It’s a Citation Rather than Arrest
September 14, 2016 | Bradenton Herald
 
The Two Counties Singled Out as the Worst in FL in Issuing Civil Citations to Juveniles
September 14, 2016 | News Channel 7, Panama City
 
Advocates Say Civil Citations the Ticker to Lower Recidivism
September 14, 2016 | WFSU
 
New FL Study Further Shows Benefits of Juvenile Civil Citations Over Arrests
September 14, 2016 | Miami Herald, Naked Politics
 
Greater Use of Juvenile Civil Citations Sought
September 14, 2016 | The Lakeland Ledger
 
Youthful Offenders Likely to Get Arrested in Hillsborough, Cited in Pinellas
September 14, 2016 | Tampa Bay Times
 
New FL Study Further Shows Benefits of Juvenile Civil Ciations Over Arrests
September 14, 2016 | Tampa Bay Times
 
Coalition Wants Greater Use of Juvenile Civil Citations
September 14, 2016 | News4 Jacksonville (ABC)

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