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Will Bill Expanding Juvenile Civil Citations Financially Impact DJJ?

Florida Channel

The head of Florida’s juvenile justice system is weighing in on how a bill aimed at decriminalizing adolescence will affect her agency.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christy Daly says her agency intends to review the fiscal impact of a statewide effort expanding the use of juvenile civil citations. But, for now, she doesn’t foresee it having a negative effect on DJJ.

“Civil citations in our system, we’ve really been able to do it at not a significant amount of cost,” said Daly, recently speaking to lawmakers. “I don’t believe that we would see a significant financial impact on providing additional civil citations across the state.”

In fact, Daly says she knows civil citations saves dollars because those kids aren’t going through the more costly court system.  The bill—starting to move through the Senate—would require law enforcement to issue a civil citation if it’s the juvenile’s first time committing a certain misdemeanor crime. That includes trespassing, disorderly conduct, and theft.

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Sascha Cordner has more than ten years of public radio experience. It includes working at NPR member station WUFT-FM in Gainesville for several years. She's worked in both radio and TV, serving in various capacities as a reporter, producer and anchor. She's also a graduate of the University of Florida with a bachelor's degree in telecommunications. She is the recipient of 15 awards from the Associated Press, Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), and Edward R. Murrow. Her award-winning stories include her coverage on the infamous “Dozier School for Boys” and a feature titled "Male Breast Cancer: Lost in the Sea of Pink." Currently, Sascha serves as the host and producer of local and state news content for the afternoon news program "All Things Considered" at WFSU. Sascha primarily covers criminal justice and social services issues. When she's not reporting, Sascha likes catching up on her favorite TV shows, singing and reading. Follow Sascha Cordner on Twitter:@SaschaCordner.