Walton lauded as 50th Florida County to implement Juvenile Civil Citation

Published: Thursday, November 14, 2013 at 12:42 PM.

No special funding is required to implement the civil citation program because it is simply a paper process merely holds arrest in abeyance until the citation requirements are successfully completed; then the child’s offense is forgiven and the arrest order is nullified. If the child fails to complete the civil citation requirements, the arrest proceeds.

DJJ’s most current statistics show civil citation is the most effective of all delinquency intervention efforts, having a recidivism rate of only six percent for youth who successfully completed the process in FY 2010-11. While allowing sanctions to be imposed — community service, restitution and letters of apology are a few examples — civil citation formalizes a process for youth and families to gain access to existing community intervention services at the earliest stage of delinquency and address the root issues motivating juvenile offenses.

 Fifty of Florida’s 67 counties currently operate a juvenile civil citation process.

In FY 2011-12, the first full year of the statewide initiative, civil citation was available in most counties, and 25 percent of eligible youth were served. Civil citation utilization further increased during Fiscal Year 2012-13, with 30 percent of eligible youth receiving this pre-arrest diversion alternative.

Prior to 2011, civil citation was available at the local level as a diversion option. In 2011, the Florida Legislature revised the Civil Citation statute to require each community to provide civil citation or other similar diversion opportunities. As communities move forward to meet these requirements, DJJ is available to assist counties in the development of civil citation initiatives.

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