How the Bay County Teen Court Operates & Steps to Successfully

January 8, 2018 | Author: Anonymous | Category: Social Science, Law, Criminal Justice
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Welcome on Behalf of Judge Chief Hentz McClellan, Judge Brantley Clark, and ADR Director Carol Dunaway

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 Remember John, we will come back to John at the end of our presentation  2007 Arrested for Resisting An Officer Without Violence Age 17

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Overview of Today’s Presentation A.

What is the Teen Court Mission

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Teen Courts in Florida, 14th Judicial Circuit, and Bay County Teen Court

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Structure - Staff, Advisory Board, Volunteers, Participants

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Funding to operate Teen Court and Annual Budget

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Partners that contribute to success of Teen Court

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How the Bay County Teen Court Program Operates & Steps to Successfully Completing the Program

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Success rate for those Youth who Successfully Complete the Program

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Annual Recognition - Christmas Party & Awards/Appreciation Banquet

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Issues facing Teen Court

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Summary & Questions and Answers Teen Court-Helping Youth Get a 2nd Chance in the 14th Circuit

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Teen Court Mission A staff and volunteers dedicated to diverting 1st time Offenders, charged with Misdemeanor Crimes, to a program that offers, upon successful completion, an alternative to Juvenile Court, Expunction of the charge from their record, and the legal authority to “deny or fail to acknowledge the charge/arrest” (fs 943.0582) from their record.

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Review Teen Courts In Florida/14th Circuit Teen Court Programs in Florida are supervised, staffed, funded, and operated differently - one size does not fit all - even within a circuit such as the 14th Circuit. It is what works best for each county! 56 of the 67 Counties in Florida have Teen Courts. 11 Counties (16%) have the opportunity to develop a Teen Court Program. They are: a. b. c. d. e.

Franklin f. Glades * g. Hamilton h. Hardee * i. Lafayette j. *New Clerks

Liberty * Levy Madison Putnam Union *

k. Wakulla

The 6 Counties in the 14th Circuit are supervised, staffed, funded, and operated differently - as you can see in our 6 Counties the supervising entity varies; However we do have a Circuit Judge Allen Register, Administrative Juvenile Judge, who works with Court Administration and each County’s Teen Court Program to insure communication and any issues that might arise. Other options for supervision can be the Clerk or Sheriff to be the supervising entity. a. b. c. d. e.

Bay - Court Administration Jackson – Non-Profit Gulf/Calhoun - County Judges Washington - Director/Board Holmes - Non-Profit, Board, Sheriff, Clerk, $65 fee

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Today’s Presentation will Focus on the Bay County Teen Court Program A. Oversight - Chief Judge, Juvenile Judge & Court Administration B. Dedicated Staff - Suzanne Cox, Director & Randy Jordan, Assistant Director

C. Advisory Board Members - SA, PD, LEO’S, Civic Club Representatives, and Private Citizens D. Adult and Youth Volunteers - Attorney’s, Private Citizens, and Students who participate in the Teen Court each Tuesday. *ADULT VOLUNTEER HOURS 2013 *YOUTH VOLUNTEER HOURS 2013 TOTAL VOLUNTEER HOURS 2013

207 HOURS 376 HOURS 583 HOURS

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Funding and Budget to Operate the Bay Teen Court Program 1.

Florida Statute 939.185 allows for funding of Teen Court Programs

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The statute allows the County Commission to approve an ordinance which asses a fee of $65 (Court Innovation fund) imposed by the Court on Misdemeanor or Criminal Traffic Offenses. Bay County Commission approved the ordinance under the statute.

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The $65 Court Innovation fund is split four (4) ways - 25% to fund Teen Court Program, Law Library, Legal Aid and Innovative Court Programs (Courts).

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The Bay County Teen Court Program annual budget averages $106,000. $65 fee had been generating revenue to cover annual budget - 2008 the BOCC in Bay County began subsidizing the Teen Court Program. This Indicates support and confidence in the program.

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Operating cost per day for a Youth in Teen Court vs. Other Options - PAY NOW OR PAY LATER! a. Cost/Day to carry a youth in Bay County Teen Court $3.62 based on 325 youth (2011) for 90 days and expenses of $106,000. b. Cost/Day for Jail Incarceration - $50.79/day c. Cost/Day for Juvenile Detention - $239.00 (Pre disposition cost paid by the BOCC) Teen Court-Helping Youth Get a 2nd Chance in the 14th Circuit

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Partners with Bay County Teen Court are the Life Blood of the Program the Clerk/Staff - Overall support to the Courts including $65 fee collection Life Blood of the Program

B. Board County Commissioners - Financial C. State of Florida – Insurance - Liability/W/C on participant and AB&T referrals D. Public Defender - Referral/Review/MOU E. State Attorney - Referral/Review/MOU F.

Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) - Referral/Review/MOU

G. Law Enforcement Officers - Sheriff, Police Departments, FHP, Referrals, Community Service and Liability Insurance for Officers supervising Community Service

H. County Agencies - Bay County Jail - Jail Tour, Medical Examiner’s Office – M.E. Tour I.

Civic Clubs - Advisory Board and Awards/Appreciation Banquet financial support

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Private Citizens - Advisory Board

K. Business/Professional - Volunteers for Court night L.

Staff - Dedicated to the Youth, Parents, and the success of the program administrative juvenile judge, court administration staff Teen Court-Helping Youth Get a 2nd Chance in the 14th Circuit

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How the Bay County Teen Court Operates & Steps to Successfully Completing the Program To provide you with an idea of the program activity let’s begin by reviewing the Bay County Director’s Report to the board dated July 25, 2013

Referrals for 2013: 227

Referrals Male Female

134 93

18 years old

1

17 years old

52

16 years old

46

15 years old

54

14 years old

37

13 years old

17

12 years old

18

11 years old

2

(Annualized 334)

Referring Agency Bay County Sheriff’s Office Boca Raton Police Services Department Florida Highway Patrol Lynn Haven Police Department Panama City Beach Police Department Panama City Police Department Parker Police Department Springfield Police Department State of Florida, Division of AB&T

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106 1 1 23 20 51 4 9 12

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How the Bay County Teen Court Operates & Steps to Successfully Completing the Program Bay County Director’s Report to the board dated July 25, 2013 - Continued

Charges Battery Criminal Mischief Disorderly Conduct Domestic Battery False ID to Law Enforcement False Report to Law Enforcement Loitering or Prowling Minor in Possession of Alcohol Miscellaneous Obstructing an Officer Possession of Drug without Prescription Possession of Marijuana
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