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Community Health Action Team (CHAT)
North Port CHAT
Tuesday August 14, 2013 4:30 pm
North Port Police Department
Next Meeting Time/Place:
Wednesday September 11, 2013, North Port Police Department
To learn about juvenile diversion options currently utilized in Sarasota and Charlotte County.
Brenda Reid, Susan Owens, Rhonda DiFranco, Vanessa Carusone, Kevin Vespia, Gabriel Perez, Shana Hinze, Linda Yates,Susan Lord, Maureen Coble, Deborah Robinson, Erin Romer, Kim Wiles, Buddy Hall, Mindi Rohan, Lynette Herbert, LisaJones, Monica Becket, Ken Alexander, Kari Ellingstad
Ginny Donovan, Chief Probation Officer (Manatee, Sarasota & DeSoto Counties)Emily Lewis, Family Services Division Manager , Charlotte County Human ServicesBetzy Toro, NAB Coordinator, Charlotte CountyJack Sanzalone, Juvenile Diversion Coordinator, Charlotte County
Welcome and Introduction
CHAT Chair, Vanessa Carusone, welcomed the group and introductions were made around the room.
Juvenile Diversion in Sarasota County
Ginny Donovan briefed the group on some current juvenile detention options in Sarasota and provided an overview of the process by which juvenile offenders enter diversion programs.
Officers can determine whether a youth has committed a crime that is considered detainable or non-detainable.The officer can call the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC) for guidance.
Detention criteria are statutorily determined based on charge, past record, legal status & other pending charges.
If the youth is released following an offense, paperwork goes to Venice, and an intake appointment is scheduledwith the parent. The youth is assigned to a diversion program or a petition is filed (court action).
If a petition is filed, the youth is summoned to court in Sarasota County.
If assigned to the JAC,
JAC staff conductsan assessment within the first 24 hours.
From the JAC, youth may be released, go directly to a detention center, or be released with detention.
If court action isn’t determined to be necessary, the police offer can refer
the youth directly to Teen Court. In thiscase, the teen will have no record of the arrest.
Once a case is accepted into the Teen Court program, the juvenile becomes a defendant, and the case ispresented before a judge and jury in Sarasota or Venice. The judge in Teen Court is an adult from the lawcommunity; the jury consists of juveniles (former defendants and volunteers). Once the jury decides on a verdict,the juvenile and family decide whether or not they would like to continue with the program. If so, they sign a
contract detailing the youth’s responsibilities with the program. If not, the case is sent/returned to Juvenile Courtand Teen Court’s involvement with the juvenile ends.
Costs to attend Teen Court include a $104 administrative fee, a $200 fee for Camp X-Ray, and $26 for each drugtests. Teen Court is a 501c3 and is funded by Sarasota County Government and through fees from certain types of traffic tickets.