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Re: Juvenile Alternative Sanctions

Ref: FM-2021-050-SC

 WHEREAS, pursuant to § 985.02(3)(b), Florida Statutes, the policy of the State of Florida concerning juvenile justice and delinquency prevention is to provide alternatives to institutionalization, and

 WHEREAS, pursuant to § 985.435(4), Florida Statutes, a juvenile probation program may also include an alternative consequence component to address noncompliance with technical conditions swiftly and appropriately, and

 WHEREAS, use of an Effective Response Matix (ERM) has shown to be an effective method of responding to certain violations of probation;

 NOW THEREFORE, I, JAMES R. CLAYTON, Chief Judge of the Seventh Judicial Circuit of Florida, hereby order that each dispositional order of probation, post-commitment probation, and conditional release in a juvenile delinquency case in the Seventh Judicial Circuit is to include an Effective Response Matrix (attached hereto as Exhibit A) as a judicial option for addressing specified technical violations of probation. When authorized, an ERM may be utilized by the Department of Juvenile Justice or its designee to address technical violations of probation committed by juveniles. In cases where an ERM is utilized to address a violation, no formal affidavit of violation of probation is to be filed. Rather, in cases where an ERM is utilized, documentation of the violation and corresponding consequence imposed is to be reflected in the youth’s file.

TO BE RECORDED in Flagler, Putnam, St. Johns and Volusia counties.

DONE AND ORDERED in DeLand, Volusia County, Florida this 12th day of October 2021.

/s/ James R. Clayton
James R. Clayton
Chief Judge

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