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Juvenile Arrests In Florida Reach 48-Year Low

Department of Juvenile Justice

Juvenile arrests in Florida have reached the lowest number in 43 years, according to a report from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. 

Arrests in Florida have dropped eight percent over the last year, with a ten percent drop in felony arrests. This continues a multi-year trend, with a five-year decline of nearly 25 percent.

The report also detailed double-digit declines in armed robbery, burglary and stolen property.

“The decreases we are seeing in juvenile arrests are due to the collaborative efforts of our dedicated DJJ staff, law enforcement partners, and community stakeholders,” DJJ Interim Secretary Timothy Niermann said in a statement.

However, arrests in Florida’s second judicial circuit which houses Leon County, only dropped two percent, and there’s been no change in the average rate over the last five years.  

To view the full report, click here.

Shawn Mulcahy is a reporter and All Things Considered host for WFSU. He graduated from Florida State University in 2019 with majors in public relations and political science. He was previously an intern at WFSU, and worked as an Account Coordinator at RB Oppenheim Associates.