February 4, 2013

Florida Campaign For Juvenile Justice In Pinellas County

While the total number of kids arrested in Pinellas is declining, for the past five years, Pinellas public school parents have faced increasing odds that their children will be arrested on campus or while under school supervision. In fact, Pinellas Public School officials made 15 arrests for every 1000 students in grades pre-K-12 last year (compared to a state average of 10/1000). As a result, Pinellas ranked 2nd in per capita school arrests among Florida’s largest counties.

Regardless of where they were arrested, Pinellas children were more likely to be sent to a secure detention center than kids arrested elsewhere. Last year 40% of arrests led to detention center admissions (compared to 35% statewide).

Read The Report (PDF)