Bill would create circuit wide civil citation programs
Senator Jeff Brandes (R-St. Petersburg) today filed SB 1392, which will find a similar companion in the House with Representative Larry Ahern (R-Seminole). This bill directs all judicial circuits in the state to create and implement both an adult and a juvenile civil citation program. Participation in the programs will remain optional, but SB 1392 will ensure that every municipality has the opportunity to partake in a prearrest diversion program.
“Allowing civil citations for minor offenses committed by juveniles and adults has proven to be an effective tool for law enforcement by modifying the behavior of cited individuals without the scarlet letter of an arrest,” stated Senator Brandes. “This bill enhances this tool, requiring all judicial circuits implement a civil citation program, while maintaining the flexibility of local control and officer discretion.”
SB 1392 does not do away with any current programs. However, if an existing program does not meet certain criteria established by the circuit, it will need to adjust to comply. Senator Brandes believes civil citations are an important tool for law enforcement, as they will free up the court system to deal with more serious offenses, and this tool will provide individuals with an opportunity to face appropriate sanctions to reduce recidivism.
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