Juvenile Alternative Sanctions

Pursuant to Florida Statute 985.037

"Upon determining that a child has committed direct contempt of court or indirect contempt of a valid court order, the court may immediately request the alternative sanctions coordinator to recommend the most appropriate available alternative sanction and shall order the child to perform up to 50 hours of community-service manual labor or a similar alternative sanction, unless an alternative sanction is unavailable or inappropriate, or unless the child has failed to comply with a prior alternative sanction."

The Alternative Sanctions Program maintains an array of alternatives for youth in contempt of court. Youth in contempte of court may include youth who have violated home detention or Failed to Appear (FTA) for court. As a result, the youth may be sanctioned to a number of days in the Juvenile Detention Center. Through this program, eligible youth may instead be offered a community-based alternative. Alternative sanctions include but are not limited to: community service projects, evening reporting centers, Read to Succeed, electronic monitoring, and participation in mentoring or workshops.

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Cristy Altaro
Program Manager
(561) 355-6586
(561) 355-7914