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SCHOOL-BASED ARRESTS IN FLORIDA AT LOWEST LEVELS IN TEN YEARS


Contact:       Heather DiGiacomo

                      Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

                      (850) 717-2710

                     heather.digiacomo@djj.state.fl.us

 

SCHOOL-BASED ARRESTS IN FLORIDA AT LOWEST LEVELS IN TEN YEARS

 

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The number of school-based arrests dropped another 14 percent in 2013-2014 resulting in a five year decline of 36 percent according to a report released by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ).  The report marks the lowest levels of school based delinquency in Florida in ten years.  

DJJ monitors the number of youth arrests received for delinquent offenses that were identified as occurring on school grounds, a school bus (or bus stop), or at an official school event.  This information is reported annually through the Department’s “Delinquency in Florida’s Schools” analysis. The report shows a drop in felony arrests in schools by 9 percent in 2013-2014 and a decrease in misdemeanor arrests by 16 percent. Availability and use of alternatives to arrest, such as civil citation, have a substantial impact on the number of youth that are referred to the Department.  

“This tremendous decrease in school-based arrests in our state is a result of a lot of hard work by DJJ staff, local schools districts, and law enforcement agencies,” said DJJ Secretary Christina Daly.  “DJJ values the strong relationship we have with our stakeholders in the community and their commitment to better outcomes for Florida’s children.” 

For the first time, the Department has made the “Delinquency in Florida’s Schools” report interactive allowing the viewer to customize the information and view it by offense type, race/ethnicity, or location (circuit, county, or school), of the offense. The interactive report can be viewed on DJJ’s website: Delinquency in Florida's Schools.

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