Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Assessing Civil Citations as an Alternative to Arrest

This project will provide empirical evidence to juvenile justice administrators and policymakers with an assessment of the use of civil citations during the initial contact of police with juvenile suspects as an alternative to traditional official arrest practices. This project will examine approximately 44,000 youth eligible for civil citations in Florida from 2011 to 2013 to determine if there are disparities in its application across jurisdictions and youth demographic characteristics and if civil citations reduce the likelihood of youth involvement in subsequent delinquency.

Contact

William Bales, Ph.D.
Professor, FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice
 
George Pesta, Ph.D.
Associate Director, FSU Center for Criminology and Public Policy Research

Principal Investigator: William Bales

Project Director: George Pesta

Research Advisor: Thomas Blomberg, Dean and Sheldon L. Messinger Professor of Criminology, FSU College of Criminology and Criminal Justice

Research Partner: Department of Juvenile Justice, Mark Greenwald

Graduate Students: Julie Mestre Brancale and Melissa Nadel

Dates: January 2014 to December 2017

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice

Funding Amount: $495,000