BSO MAKES A C.H.A.N.G.E. FOR GOOD
- Date: August 14, 2013 PIO Number: 13-8-20
Sheriff Scott Israel will join the panel of the Education Not Incarceration Community Forum in an effort to keep kids in school and out of jail.
6:00 p.m., Thursday, August 15, 2013
Education Not Incarceration Community Forum
Mount Bethel Baptist Church
901 NW 11 Ave., Fort Lauderdale
According to organizers, more students are arrested in Broward Schools than any other public school system in the state. The sheriff will join prominent community figures as a panelist at the Education Not Incarceration Community Forum held Thursday evening at Mount Bethel Baptist Church.
Forum panelists will discuss current efforts and future initiatives relating to children being educated and not arrested while in school. The discussion will center on the C.H.A.N.G.E. (Children Have A Need to Grow Everyday) Movement, a grass-roots effort spearheaded by Dr. Rosalind Osgood of the Broward School Board. The movement is designed to cultivate community partnerships with a focus on keeping kids in school every day of the school year.
BSO deputies issued almost 200 civil citations to eligible youth in the first six months of 2013, almost three times as many as were issued by BSO in all of 2012. Civil citation gives kids who would have otherwise been arrested for a first-time misdemeanor offense the opportunity to avoid having a criminal record and diverts them away from the juvenile justice system. The program, which gives juveniles the opportunity to take responsibility for their actions, is one in a series of initiatives undertaken by BSO to make a positive impact in the lives of Broward’s youth.
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