Hot Topics: Dewey Caruthers Addresses LWVCC

On February 3, 2020, Mr. Dewey Caruthers was our Hot Topics speaker.  He is recognized as a national and state researcher on issues of juvenile justice, the health of children, and education.  He spoke about research done in Florida regarding the use of civil citations(not arresting, but having expectations of community service and involvement with programs to meet the needs of the teen).  Use of civil citation has very positive results including a much lower rate of recommitting the crime and a lower cost to the community where it is used.  The latest data can be seen at