Beyond Scared Straight -Juvenile Justice Reform: Setting record straight on juvenile detention facilities

Via Scoop.itJuvenile Justice

Housing Florida’s juvenile offenders in secure detention facilities is a challenging task that has resulted in an ever-increasing price tag for county governments that are struggling to fund essential services and balance budgets. Fortunately, there’s a better way.
Florida’s sheriffs have a long history of safely and securely housing prisoners in local jail systems operated across the state with great efficiency and professionalism. And every day, sheriffs house youths in adult jails — youths who are charged as adults due to the severity of their crimes. This experience makes us uniquely qualified and well-positioned to assume the responsibility of housing all pre-adjudicated youth.
In fact, for counties that choose this option, it’s a wise move that will save taxpayers millions of dollars. Just ask Polk County taxpayers, who are expected to realize a savings of about $1.4 million annually as a result of the county’s decision to turn over the housing of pre-trial juvenile offenders to Sheriff Grady Judd.

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