Keep Pressure Up to Bring Down Arrests of Kids for Minor Offenses

Keep Pressure Up to Bring Down Arrests of Kids for Minor Offenses

Orlando Sentinel Editorial Board    December 9, 2017

Two years ago the Orange County League of Women Voters launched a commendable campaign to promote civil citations as an alternative for police to arresting kids who commit minor criminal offenses. Updated totals for Orange and Osceola counties, highlighted in a news conference this week, show the campaign is making progress — but has farther to go.

The share of civil citations for first-time misdemeanor offenders in the 9th Judicial Circuit, which covers Orange and Osceola counties, more than doubled from 18 percent in the 2014-15 budget year to 43 percent in the 2016-17 budget year, according to the state Department of Juvenile Justice. Even so, law-enforcement agencies in the two counties still chose to arrest more than 800 kids last year who could have been issued civil citations instead.

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