After School: Still the Prime Time for Juvenile Crime in Florida
Afterschool Fights Crime in Florida
The more than 5,000 law enforcement leaders around the nation who are members of Fight Crime: Invest in Kids, have long known that the hours immediately after school lets out, when parents are likely not available to supervise, are the prime-time for juvenile crime. Over the past 20 years, law enforcement leaders across the country have relied on high-quality afterschool programs to provide supportive, stable, and enriching environments with caring adults that keep children and youth out of trouble and safe, while supporting their academic success, and social and emotional development.
The Prime Time for Juvenile Crime in Florida
In Florida, juvenile crime peaks from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and from 2 to 6 p.m. on school days, with about 24 percent of all juvenile crime on those days occuring during the hours following the last school bell.
The crime peaks not occurring from 2 to 6 p.m. are largely due to much of law enforcement in those states recording youth criminal activity as having all occurred at only one hour during the day, often noon or midnight. This would artificially inflate the crime rate for that time period.
Program Highlight: Diversion Initiative for Vocational Employability Related to Technology
In 2018, the DIVERT (Diversion Initiative for Vocational Employability Related to Technology) program was founded out of a technical assistance grant offered through the U.S. Departments of Education and Justice. The goal from the outset was to provide juvenile-justice involved young adults with wrap-around support services while teaching the cohort a valuable skillset that would encourage them to be more involved in their education and expose them to a viable career path, namely through coding and computer science. In partnership with the St. Petersburg College Gibbs Campus, the DIVERT program was led by interns who were seniors in the school’s Computer Programming and Analytics department. Classes were held on the college campus, and as a mutually beneficial partnership, the program participants received college credit for an introduction to computing class at no expense, and the student instructors obtained the internship credit they needed to complete their degrees.
The goal from the outset was to provide juvenile-justice involved young adults with wrap-around support services while teaching the cohort a valuable skillset.
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