-The number of youth
referred to adult court is up 23% from 2003-2007 (approx.
-Florida commits 31%
more of its youth than the national average (285 youth per 100,000 population vs.
national average of 218 per 100,000).
-Florida throws into
secure detention 14% more of its youth than the national
average (95 per 100,000 population vs. 83 per 100,000).
•Serious juvenile crime,
though, is on the rise:
▫-While overall referrals are down
2.9% since 2003, and while misdemeanor referrals are down 8.4%,
serious felony referrals are up 33%.Murder referrals are up 70%, attempted murder up
130%, and armed robbery up 67%.