Juvenile Civil Citation and Diversion Programs (Watch)

Juvenile Civil Citation and Diversion Programs (Watch)

HB 489 (Pritchett) and CS/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)