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  • Monday, July 20, 2015

    Policy Committee Conference – Register Today

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    The 2015-16 Policy Committee Conference will be held August 26-28 at the Hilton St. Petersburg Bayfront in Pinellas County (333 1st Street South, St. Petersburg, FL, 33701).  This event brings together the FAC legislative policy committees to examine the Association's agenda for the next legislative session.  You do not have to serve on a policy committee to attend; all commissioners and county staff are encouraged to register! There will also be a Board of Directors Meeting & Orientation for new and returning board members on Friday, August 28. 

    Click here for a preliminary agenda, hotel information and to register online.

     


  • Monday, July 20, 2015

    Study shows Florida’s counties use of juvenile civil citations increasing

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    Florida counties are increasingly turning to civil citations rather than arresting juveniles suspected of committing minor crimes, reports the Tampa Bay Times.  According to a recent study, Miami-Dade, Monroe, and Pinellas Counties lead the state in the use of juvenile civil citations.  Issuance of civil citations, as opposed to arrest, has been show to improve outcomes for both juveniles and the criminal justice system.  Juveniles issued civil citations have a lower likelihood of recidivism and consequences for juveniles with arrest records may follow the juvenile into adulthood.  Adults with juvenile arrest records may have difficulties finding employment or enlisting in the military as a result of the record.  Civil citations have also been shown to benefit the criminal justice system.  The expense of issuing a civil citation is $389, compared to the $5,000 cost of process a youth through the criminal justice system.  The study concluded that a 25% increase in the use of civil citations would save taxpayers between $18 million and $61 million a year.


  • Monday, July 20, 2015

    NACo Jail Population and Pretrial Release Study

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    NACo recently released a study entitled County Jails at a Crossroads: An Examination of the Jail Population and Pretrial Release, accompanied by data layers in the interactive map County Explorer and 2 case studies.  This research sheds light on the pretrial population, policies and practices in county jails.  Counties own 87 percent of jails in the United States through which they provide supervision, detention and other correctional services to over 700,000 people to maintain public safety and reduce recidivism.  Many counties are at a crossroads between judges’ decisions and increases in jail populations and costs.  Using the results of a 2015 NACo survey of county jails, we find that the majority of the confined county jail population is both pretrial and low risk and some jails supervise pretrial individuals outside of confinement.

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