The intent of this indicator is to provide localized data that will raise public awareness and aid in the reduction of juvenile crime and delinquency in Hillsborough County. Statistics provided on the Community Atlas are from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The DJJ mission is to protect the public by reducing juvenile crime and delinquency in Florida. The agency emphasizes prevention and intervention as a means to reduce crime, and tries to provide a balanced approach that includes rehabilitation, education and incarceration, as a last resort.
Community Atlas data emphasizes the number of youths referred rather than the number of juvenile offenses committed since this type of information makes more sense to teachers, citizens and others in the community, and can be useful for prevention and assessment of community programs.