ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) – A state report says that for three of the past four years, Orange County has led the state in juvenile arrests.
There were 6,547 juvenile arrests in Orange County in the 12-month period that ended June 30, according to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice in a report released Nov. 14, The Orlando Sentinel reports.
That’s 38 percent more than Miami-Dade, where the population is nearly double.
Part of the reason may be that some law enforcement agencies and prosecutors in Orange County choose to arrest juveniles rather than write them civil citations, a less expensive, more family-friendly option for non-violent offenders accused of misdemeanors.
DJJ now has a policy that law enforcement agencies should arrest fewer juveniles and instead write citations.