The Juvenile Civil Citation Program is a statewide civil alternative to the formal arrest and criminal prosecution of youth under 18 who commit certain low-level misdemeanor offenses. Its primary purpose is to prevent further delinquency, and appropriately address participating youth offenses without creating a criminal record or court intervention. The program offers law enforcement the option of issuing the youth a civil citation in lieu of arrest. During the program period, participating youth are required to contact pre-assigned community providers to complete an assessment to identify their risk and needs. They also must complete five (5) hours of community service, a community impact statement, and work towards reducing potential future contact with the juvenile justice system.
To find out how civil citation can make an impact in your community, contact:
Donna M. Pugh, Esquire
Juvenile Civil Citation Director
DSCYF – Division of Youth Rehabilitative Services
1825 Faulkland Road
Wilmington, DE 19805
Telephone: (302) 633-2633
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