Juvenile Civil Citation and Diversion Programs (Watch)

Juvenile Civil Citation and Diversion Programs (Watch)

HB 489 (Pritchett) and SB 644 (Bracy) require counties and cities to create civil citation programs for juveniles alleged to have committed a violation that would be treated as a misdemeanor offense if committed by an adult. The bills allow an officer making contact with a juvenile who admits to commission of a second or third misdemeanor offense to issue a civil citation in lieu of arrest at the officer’s discretion. (Cook)