How the Bay County Teen Court Operates & Steps to Successfully

Report
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
B.
Teen Courts in Florida, 14th Judicial Circuit, and Bay County Teen Court
C.
Structure - Staff, Advisory Board, Volunteers, Participants
D.
Funding to operate Teen Court and Annual Budget
E.
Partners that contribute to success of Teen Court
F.
How the Bay County Teen Court Program Operates & Steps to Successfully
Completing the Program
G.
Success rate for those Youth who Successfully Complete the Program
H.
Annual Recognition - Christmas Party & Awards/Appreciation Banquet
I.
Issues facing Teen Court
J.
Summary & Questions and Answers
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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
2.
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.
3.
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).
4.
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.
5.
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)
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A.
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
J.
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
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Chief judge,
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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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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 <20 Grams
Possession of Drug Paraphernalia
Principle to Theft
Resisting without Violence
Theft
Trespassing
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24
17
2
2
7
14
1
1
4
36
20
1
11
64
6
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Steps to Successfully Completing the Program
Designed to be very structured, accountability by Youth, Parents/Guardian,
and certain steps not completed dismissed from the program. The average
period to complete 90 days.
1. Staff pick up affidavits or receive via email from DJJ,
SAO and all local LEO’S
2. Run background checks-in house, DJJ, Clerk
3. Log - In Teen Court Database - Case/Personal
Information, Court Date, Homework Packet Date
4. Defendant File Developed
5. Send out intake appointment letter - To Youth,
Parent/Guardian, Questionnaire
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STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING CONTINUED
6.
Intake Appointment - Collect questionnaire, explain program, homework
packet, drug test, consent forms, and set court date
7. Homework Packet - Required completion - 27 page packet due Friday prior
to defendant going to court on Tuesday
8. Defendant Notebook provided - 51 page Defendant Notebook explaining
program and calendars to log assignments, due dates, and appointments
9. Homework Packet read and approved - If the homework packet is turned in
late or incomplete, the defendant’s case is closed as ineligible and the
case is sent to DJJ for prosecution in Juvenile Court
10. Court - Defendant/Parent/Guardian arrive @ Teen Court Office 4:00 p.m
a. Court Proceedings
b. Jury Deliberation
c. Verdict and Sanctions
d. Open Court Apology to Parent/Guardian
e. Signing of contract with Defendant, Parent/Guardian - Lists all
sanctions required
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STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING CONTINUED
11. Log Sanctions
12. Writing Assignments - Communication and Life Skills
Questionnaire, Jail Tour Questionnaire, Essay on how Jail Tour
affected youth and Apology Letters
13. Presentation - A defendant may be sanctioned to give 15-20 minute
Presentation to a Youth Program
14. Curfew - Week/60 days (except for School, Church, and/or
Escorted by Parents)
15. House Arrest - Week/60 days (except for School, Church, and/or
Escorted by Parents)
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STEPS TO SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING CONTINUED
16. Community Service – Defendants are required to perform Community Service Hours.
These hours are supervised by Teen Court staff doing lawns for the elderly/disabled and
hospice patients, non-profit organizations and schools. 2086 Community Service Hours
have been worked by Defendants in 2013.
17. Jail Tour - Mandatory Sanction for all Teen Court Defendants
18. Communication and Life Skills Session - All Teen Court Defendants and their
Parents/Guardian are required to participate in this one time 3 hour Session. This
Session deals with Communication Issues and other subjects that relates to the
Parent/Child relationship. Session conducted at the Teen Court Office.
19. Jury Duties - Defendants receive 2-4 Jury Duties for a single charge excluding drug
charges. Drug charges carry a minimum of 4 to a maximum of 6 Jury Duties.
20. At the completion of the program, the defendant can apply for a Juvenile Diversion
Expunction through FDLE (FS 943.0582) and have the legal authority to deny or fail to
acknowledge the charge/arrest.
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SUCCESS RATE FOR SUCCESSFULLY COMPLETING
THE BAY COUNTY TEEN COURT PROGRAM
A three (3) year recidivism study shows that if a child
successfully completes the Bay County Teen Court Program
84.3% did not reoffend within one year of their completion date.
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ANNUAL RECOGNITION
CHRISTMAS PARTY & AWARDS/APPRECIATION BANQUET
1. Annual Christmas Party from 4:00 - 6:00 allows youth, parents,
volunteers, partners to attend. The Advisory Board funds the event
with the help of volunteers.
2. Annual Awards/Appreciation Banquet attended by over 200. There is
a guest speaker, recognition, and awards presented to youth,
participating volunteers/agencies, and recognition for those groups
who fund the banquet. In addition a college scholarship is awarded
each year to the volunteer. At last month’s banquet Nicole Fischer
was presented a $1200 scholarship to attend GCSC to become an
EMT. Nicole volunteered over 500 hours to Bay County Teen Court
over the last 4 years.
3. Since 1999 $19,500 in scholarships to Gulf Coast State College
(GCSC) have been presented.
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Issues facing Teen Court
A.
B.
C.
D.
Funding
Volunteers - Adult/Youth
Program changes from State Agencies
Succession within Agencies with
Program Knowledge/Understanding
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Summary
Bay County Teen Court is one example of a successful
Teen Court Program in our Circuit. We have others in our
Circuit that are just as successful with the local Judges,
Director/Board, Non-profit, Sheriff, or School Board
directing. There are countless other successful programs
throughout the state. The important point is they have a
Teen Court helping youth have a 2nd chance. I encourage
you as a new clerk if you do not have a Teen Court Program
take the lead and begin a program. If there is one volunteer
and get active.
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What a second chance has achieved?
Why because there may be a
John in your community that
needs a 2nd chance.
Remember John when he was
arrested he was 17, he is
currently 24, attended GCSC
“Criminal Justice Corrections
Standards” and started working
at the Bay County Sheriff’s
Office Jail 2009. He is now a
K-9 Officer. John also speaks
to the youth while they are on
the Jail Tour about his time in
Teen Court and how it gave
him a 2nd chance.
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Questions/Answers
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