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Jacksonville City Council agrees to delay resolution on civil citations at request of State Attorney Angela Corey

Posted: April 8, 2014 - 7:44pm  |  Updated: April 8, 2014 - 9:43pm

The City Council is delaying a resolution calling for an increase in ticket-style citations for minor juvenile crimes at State Attorney Angela Corey’s request until she can address the council in two weeks.

Council members were planning to approve the Jacksonville resolution at Tuesday’s meeting, but by a 9-8 vote agreed to delay it after Councilman Robin Lumb said Corey had contacted him saying she wanted to speak before the vote. He said Corey had “legitimate concerns” about the resolution.

The issue will now be taken up at the April 21 meeting with Corey expected to be in attendance.

Councilman John Crescimbeni said he saw no reason to delay a resolution that didn’t have the force of law. He also expressed irritation that Corey was asking for a delay but didn’t show up Tuesday or last week when multiple council committees reviewed the resolution. All supported it unanimously.

Councilman Stephen Joost said it was “professional courtesy” to give Corey a chance to speak, and no harm was done by delaying the resolution.

“I support this resolution,” Joost said. “But I’d at least like to hear what Ms. Corey has to say.”

The resolution says that in Duval County last year, citations were given to 31 percent of juvenile defendants who were eligible for them under state law. The resolution also points out 19 other counties with higher percentages of citations.

Related: Angela Corey's office threatens Jacksonville-area juveniles with adult charges, Matt Shirk and private attorneys say

According to statistics from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, 26 percent of eligible youth in the 4th Judicial Circuit were served with civil citations from March 2013 to February. The circuit is made up of Duval, Nassau and Clay counties. Statewide, 34 percent of eligible youth were served with civil citations during the same time period. In Miami-Dade County, 86 percent of eligible youth received civil citations.

Citations are viewed by many people as a way to address criminal issues involving youths and spare them a criminal record while saving money by not incarcerating them. All council members who spoke Tuesday said they wanted to increase the number of citations.

Corey has said she supports civil citations but is against using them in violent cases such as battery.

Corey did not sign a 2012 memorandum of understanding for the civil citation program. That agreement was signed by Sheriff John Rutherford, Chief Judge Donald Moran, Teen Court Program Director Lawrence Hills, Public Defender Matt Shirk and other officials.

Shirk, who has been pushing the council to approve this resolution, said he hoped Corey would address her opposition to signing a memorandum of understanding when she speaks to the council.

A newly drawn-up memorandum of understanding on the use of civil citations doesn’t call for them to be used in batteries. And batteries were specifically removed from the memorandum in the hopes that Corey would support it, Shirk said.

But the state attorney hasn’t signed it, and Shirk said he doesn’t know why.

In a letter to some City Council members, Corey said her office sometimes diverts juvenile cases without a civil citation. She also said the memorandum of understanding doesn’t include Neptune Beach police, Duval County School Board police and the Florida Highway Patrol.

Corey said her office is now drafting its own memorandum of understanding, which would be distributed to all pertinent parties within the next 30 days. That was March 28, so her proposal should be out by April 28.

 

Larry Hannan: (904) 359-4470

Comments (10)

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Morris_reader
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Morris_reader 04/08/14 - 10:38 pm
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Disappointed voter. What is

Disappointed voter.

What is the reason to delay the vote? Can't the city council make up their own mind and vote without bending to delay tactics aimed mainly at stalling the resolution. Pitiful.

"Corey did not sign a 2012 memorandum of understanding for the civil citation program. That agreement was signed by Sheriff John Rutherford, Chief Judge Donald Moran, Teen Court Program Director Lawrence Hills, Public Defender Matt Shirk and other officials."

It seems that Cory has had plenty of opportunities and time to sign the resolution and/ or discuss it with other supporters. Just the other day she refused to talk with the pastors on the issue. It is all stalling tactics.

In the meantime more teens are not offered civil citations for offenses that qualify for in any other Florida city.

Pass the resolution now!

ToTellTheTruth
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ToTellTheTruth 04/08/14 - 10:38 pm
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John Crescimbeni you're just

John Crescimbeni you're just a jack *****. Thank You Councilman Joost for your patience in a matter that has been full of misinformation.

saltmarsh cracker
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saltmarsh cracker 04/08/14 - 11:14 pm
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I see no reason to pass a non

I see no reason to pass a non binding resolution before Corey speaks.

I will miss Councilman Joost.

Ben
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Ben 04/09/14 - 12:08 am
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Why does the 4th district of

Why does the 4th district of Florida wishes to be so behind the rest of the State when it comes to juvenile justice? At 26 percent compared to over 86 percent in Dade it is way out of the norm.

Kids didn’t ask to come into this world. They aren’t given a choice about the circumstances of the life they are born into. Not all kids are so lucky to have stable families and easy upbringings.

It has to be every person’s responsibility to serve those who are in need of support and guidance, especially when it comes to the kids. How else will they realize that their circumstances can be different? That their lives can be different than what they know today? They won’t…unless we show them it’s possible.

The sooner that the civil citation program is implemented, the sooner that its benefits will start showing including cost savings and lower crime. Arrests lead to more repeat offenders, while civil citations stop the revolving door which arrests create.

Ben
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Ben 04/09/14 - 12:12 am
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Councilman John Crescimbeni

Councilman John Crescimbeni has my support and vote.

the_yes_man
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the_yes_man 04/09/14 - 07:58 am
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Who cares what resolutions

Who cares what resolutions the city council comes up with? They have no say in the court system.

lilrio
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lilrio 04/09/14 - 08:04 am
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Councilman John Crescimbeni

Councilman John Crescimbeni has my support and vote also.

ThomasFL
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ThomasFL 04/09/14 - 12:22 pm
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councilman John Crescimbeni

councilman John Crescimbeni has also my support and vote.

Lie Detector
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Lie Detector 04/09/14 - 06:58 pm
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I wouldn't vote for

I wouldn't vote for Crescimbeni if he was running unapposed for a council of one. He is nothing more than a career politician who speaks out of both sides of his mouth. He tells half truths and twists things to fit his agenda. He can't leave the council soon enough.

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Libertariandude 04/10/14 - 10:56 pm
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I would agree to civil

I would agree to civil citations under the following conditions.....

The crime was not a violent act in nature.
The defendant gives up the names of others that participated in the crime.
The victim is made whole with items returned immediately.
The defendant is not caught lying to investigative body.
The defendant has no prior convictions

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