The use of civil citations to divert juvenile offenders from the justice system has spread to nearly all Florida counties. A new law goes into effect Oct .1, giving teens who are apprehended by law enforcement second or third chances to avoid arrest. And supporters want the state to spend $2 million next year to expand the programs.
House and Senate negotiators said Tuesday they had agreed to spend about $47 million in new money on Florida’s child-welfare system, which has been the focus of legislative scrutiny after a series of children’s deaths from abuse and neglect last year.
Domestic violence was the target of a month long effort by the Florida Sheriffs Task Force (FSTF) called Operation Safe Families, aimed at protecting youth and families in Florida.
A St. Petersburg woman who was caught on camera riding a manatee earlier this year is now facing major legal trouble.