This will be well worth watching to see how it plays itself out. “Law enforcement officials from Tallahassee and surrounding Leon County announced Wednesday that they’ll be the first Florida jurisdictions to adopt civil citations as an alternative to arresting adults for first offenses of minor, nonviolent crimes.
The Florida Smart Justice Alliance, a recently formed coalition that promotes changes in the criminal justice system, helped put the plan together and will try to spread the concept across the state. The initiative also has the endorsement of local prosecutors, public defenders and judges….”
Whereas they may be spared jail time, the record of the encounter will follow them around for life.