January 2021

Stepping Up: Florida's Top Juvenile Prearrest Diversion Efforts 2020

6th Annual Study

Some Florida law enforcement leaders are hurting efforts to control the spread of the coronavirus.

Florida officials are choosing not to change their practice of arresting children for first-time common youth misbehavior during the pandemic, which forces kids into jail and detention areas that are hot spots for spreading COVID-19.

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Joseph W. & Terrell S. Clark

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