110 NW First Avenue
Ocala, FL 34475

Office: 352-401-8157
Fax: 352-401-6726

Angie Bowens
Juvenile Alternative Sanctions Coordinator

Pursuant to Florida Statute 985.037, “Upon determining that a child has committed direct contempt of court or indirect contempt of a valid court order, the court may immediately request the alternative sanctions coordinator to recommend the most appropriate available alternative sanction and shall order the child to perform up to 50 hours of community-service manual labor or a similar alternative sanction, unless an alternative sanction is unavailable or inappropriate, or unless the child has failed to comply with a prior alternative sanction.”

The Juvenile Alternative Sanctions Program maintains an array of alternatives for youth in contempt of court. Youth in contempt of court may include youth who have violated home detention or Failed to Appear (FTA) for court. As a result, the youth may be sanctioned to a number of days in the Juvenile Detention Center. Through this program, eligible youth may instead be offered a community-based alternative.

The Juvenile Alternative sanctions include but are not limited to:

  • Community Service Hours
  • Journaling and Education Assignments for Teens Program
  • Teen Court
  • Juvenile Drug Court
  • Speaker and Mentor Intervention Program
  • Anger Management and Prevention