LWVAC Social & Criminal Justice Committee
The Social & Criminal Justice Committee has established a working group. The current participants come from Alachua Schools System of Care; GPD; Alachua County Dept of Court Services; Meridian Health, Dr. Nancy Hardt; Diane Pearson of DJJ, and Cheryl Twombly, of DCF and the Alachua County Children’s Services Advisory Board.
At the state level, we have formed a LWVF Juvenile Justice Steering Committee. This committee has representation from Alachua, Collier, Escambia, Miami-Dade, Orange, Palm Beach, and Pinellas Counties.
Both our Social & Criminal Justice Committee and the LWVF Juvenile Justice Steering Committee will study how successfully various counties have implemented the state statute relating to civil citations. This includes assessing the integration of related services, programs and alternatives. A few counties appear be doing better than Alachua. The state steering committee also decided to prioritize the issue of direct files. We believe that we can achieve significant synergies between the LWVF and LWVAC social, juvenile, and criminal justice efforts.