HOT TOPICS: FLORIDA'S SCHOOL-TO-PRISON PIPELINE: WHAT CAN BE DONE?
Because Florida has one of the highest juvenile incarceration rates in the country, HOT TOPICS
will focus on the promising Civil Citation
program which gives young non-violent offenders a chance to avoid an arrest record. Recidivism rates are a fraction of arrest records.
Miami-Dade currently uses civil citations in 90 percent of juvenile cases but Orange/Osceola counties lag far behind.
The speakers include Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demmings
, State Attorney Jeff Ashton
and Theda Roberts
, Civil Citation Coordinator for the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. Deirdre Macnab,
former state League president, will moderate.
Discussions will include what is being done to expand the program. Advocates believe it allows police, prosecutors, and defense attorneys to focus on serious cases while helping to protect the futures of our most at-risk youth.
The LWVOC and the First Amendment Foundation team present a Hot Topics you will not want to miss.