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Libbie Bramson,Chair 

Mission Statement

We support Juvenile Justice programs that value children’s’ basic needs including their mental health and promote fairness and racial equity. We focus on delinquency prevention and the expanded use of rehabilitative and restorative programs.

Program Plan for 2022-2023

Goal 1
Educate and increase awareness of Juvenile Justice Committee (JJC) goals among League of Women Voters Collier County (LWVCC) general membership, JJC members and general public.

Specific Objectives:
Organize by September 30, 2022, four education programs for JJC members that reflect committee goals and LWVCC legislative priorities.
Organize three months in advance of the General Meeting assigned to the JJC one education program for LWVCC membership and one hot topic that reflect committee goals. 
Write letters to the editor and issue press releases on topics that support the mission and goals of the JJC. Letters to the editor on behalf of the committee are to be approved and sometimes cosigned by the LWVCC president.

Goal 2
Explore viability of resurrecting Neighborhood Accountability Board (NAB) in Collier County (CC), based on restorative justice.

Specific Objectives:
Gather information regarding NAB in Lee County and other jurisdictions.
Analyze program design, cost, and effectiveness.
Have one or several committee members attend the NAB training
Have one committee member attend an NAB session

Goal 3

Review in and out of school suspension rates in CCPS and their relationship to the juvenile justice system; compare with restorative discipline programs in other jurisdictions that are in lieu of suspensions.

Specific Objectives: 
Review restorative discipline program results from other  jurisdictions. 
Summarize information regarding CCPS suspension policies, procedures and suspension rates - and their relationship to law enforcement and dropouts.
Develop a position paper with recommendation concerning alternative discipline program based on restorative principles in Collier County
Present position paper with recommendation to JJC
Pending approval by JJC, identify next steps needed to implement a restorative program 
Develop implementation plan by January 31, 2023.
Present plan to LWVCC Board for approval.
Present the program or programs to CCPS by March 31, 2023. 

Goal 4
Continue to monitor Florida legislation and take appropriate action at the CC level relative to the juvenile justice system. This includes focus on regulation of the direct file of juvenile to adult court, the use of civil citation, the Baker Act, minimum age of arrest and rehabilitative and restorative programs.

Specific Objectives: 
Communicate/educate monthly on emerging and pending legislation; and how to contact legislators.
Identify a committee member (s) to follow the issues and report at monthly meetings
Appoint a JJC member to assure presence at Legislative Delegation Day to present comments
Prepare sample letters and e-mails as needed.

Goal 5
Educate and increase awareness of Civil Citation diversion programs for low-level juvenile crimes in lieu of arrest; review CC programs (CCSO and CCPS) to prevent delinquency and support diversion. Identify needs.

Specific Objectives:
Increase impact of in-person presentations with relevant leave behind material, and virtual presentations with online follow-up.
Study factors which may affect use of civil citations.
Monitor CC use of civil citations, delinquency prevention, and pre- and post – arrest diversion programs. Highlight gaps by December 31, 2022.
Make presentations to community groups on civil citations 
Develop a video with real life examples to assist with civil citation presentations
Explore educational presentations to youth in the civil citation program 

The JJC regularly monitors the following programs, agencies, and organizations in CC to remain apprised of their work, and to act when appropriate. 

The Juvenile Justice System (emphasis on rehabilitation, alternatives to incarceration and diversion programs)
Youth and Delinquency Prevention Services of the CC Sheriff’s Office
Unified Family Court
Department of Juvenile Justice
PACE Center for Girls
Trinity Life Foundation
CC Youth Resource Center
LWVFL Juvenile Justice Action Team. 


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