Florida leads the nation in prearrest diversions for arrests for common youth misbehavior, but much of Florida fails to keep nonviolent youth from being entangled in the legal system as an offender.
There is huge room for improvement as The Sunshine State continues to arrest thousands of children each year for minor violations that in previous days resulted in a trip to the principal’s office or a call to parents. To see the Miami Herald article about the failures of the Juvenile Justice system, Click here. The read the study by the Caruther’s Institute. Click here
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Based in St. Petersburg, Florida, the Institute believes important policy decisions should be made based upon data – not ideology, partisanship or political influence.