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03/28/16: Juvenile Diversion Programs; First Coast Success; TEDxJacksonville; Cole Pepper

Juvenile Diversion

Every year, police arrest more than 2,000 juveniles in Duval County. Nearly half are under the age of 15.

Some are arrested for serious offensives but many get in trouble due to bad influences and immaturity, and this contact with the criminal justice system can affect their lives for years afterwards.

This has led to a strong focus in recent  years on juvenile diversion programs to give them a chance to clean their record. In Duval County, four of these programs serve more than 1,200 children each year.

Tess Duvall, education, children and families reporter for the Florida Times-Union, has been taking an in-depth look into these program and their effectiveness for a series of articles running in the paper this week. She joins us to discuss them.

First Coast Success

In this month's edition of First Coast Success, the Daily Record's Karen Mathis speaks with Leslie Slover, regional head of Deutsche Bank.


Sabeen Perwaiz, executive director of TEDxJacksonville, joins us to discuss this year's conference. The 2016 event will take place at the Florida Theatre.

Cole Pepper

And we speak with WJCT sports analyst Cole Pepper about the national semi-finals for college basketball, the Jaguars' upcoming first round draft picks, and more.

Sean Birch joined the WJCT team in late 2011 and was with the company until 2016.