The Florida TaxWatchCenter for $mart Justice released a new research report on FridaytitledExpansion of Civil Citation Programs Statewide Would Save Money and Improve Public Safety.
Civil Citations are a form of pre-arrest diversion for juvenile misdemeanants that ensure appropriate community resources are leveraged to help participating juveniles get ‘back on the right track.’ The researchReport finds that implementing Civil Citation programs in communities throughout the state would:
- Generate cost-savings between $44 million and $139 million annually for Florida taxpayers.
- Reduce the number of youth in the juvenile justice system by 40 percent – equivalent of 30,153 youths between the ages of 8 to 17.
- Improve outcomes for youth offenders by reducing recidivism and long-lasting criminal records for nonviolent misdemeanors.
- Redirect valuable resources from adjudicating non-violent misdemeanors to more vital and pressing public safety concerns.
Read the full reporthere.