How the Bay County Teen Court Operates & Steps to Successfully

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

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Overview of Today’s Presentation

What is the Teen Court Mission

Teen Courts in Florida, 14th Judicial Circuit, and Bay County Teen Court

Structure - Staff, Advisory Board, Volunteers, Participants

Funding to operate Teen Court and Annual Budget

Partners that contribute to success of Teen Court

How the Bay County Teen Court Program Operates & Steps to Successfully

Completing the Program

Success rate for those Youth who Successfully Complete the Program

Annual Recognition - Christmas Party & Awards/Appreciation Banquet

Issues facing Teen Court

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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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.

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Franklin

Glades * f. Liberty * k. Wakulla g. Levy

Hamilton h. Madison

Hardee *

Lafayette

*New Clerks i. Putnam j. Union *

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.

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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

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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

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. Florida Statute 939.185 allows for funding of Teen Court Programs

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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.

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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).

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.

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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Partners with Bay County Teen Court are the Life Blood of the Program the

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Board County Commissioners - Financial

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State of Florida

– Insurance - Liability/W/C on participant and AB&T referrals

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Public Defender - Referral/Review/MOU

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State Attorney - Referral/Review/MOU

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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

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County Agencies - Bay County Jail - Jail Tour,

Medical Examiner’s Office – M.E. Tour

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Civic Clubs - Advisory Board and Awards/Appreciation Banquet financial support

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Private Citizens - Advisory Board

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Business/Professional - Volunteers for Court night

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Staff - Dedicated to the Youth, Parents, and the success of the progr am

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

Male 134

Female 93

18 years old

17 years old

16 years old

15 years old

14 years old

13 years old

12 years old

11 years old

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Referrals for 2013: 227 (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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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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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

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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 -

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Intake Appointment - Collect questionnaire, explain program, homework packet, drug test, consent forms, and set court date

Homework Packet - Required completion - 27 page packet due Friday prior to defendant going to court on Tuesday

Defendant Notebook provided - 51 page Defendant Notebook explaining program and calendars to log assignments, due dates, and appointments

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

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Court Proceedings b.

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Jury Deliberation

Verdict and Sanctions

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 -

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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 -

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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. Funding

B. Volunteers - Adult/Youth

C. Program changes from State Agencies

D. 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

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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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