In January 2015, the State Attorney's Office started the PAST program, connecting children with prevention programs instead of arrest records for their second & third time non-violent misdemeanor.
The program was replaced when the Civil Citation program was established to accomplish the same goal.
In 2012 Miami-Dade County Commissioners passed a First Source Referral Hiring Ordinance because of PACT's work for over two years on unemployment issues. The county must first seek employees in Miami Dade before looking elsewhere.
To connect Miami-Dade County residents with law enforcement (police) and resources, PACT sought and achieved Neighborhood Resource Offices in Miami Gardens and got hours extended in Perrine, Naranja and Goulds.
PACT got the County to reactivate the Affordable Housing Trust Fund after it sat dormat for 8 years. On Tuesday, October 6th, the Miami-Dade Board of County Commission voted unanimously to allocate 50 percent of monies in the Affordable Housing Trust Fund to families making $34,000 and below. There are now 2 additional sources of funding for the Trust Fund: 50% of county-budget carry over and 25% of profits from sale of county land.
Following commitments PACT won at our 2012 Nehemiah Action, Superintendent Alberto Carvalho passed a memorandum eliminating minor infractions as grounds for suspensions out of school in all Miami Dade County schools! Implementation of that memorandum resulted in a drop of 32% in the school year 2012-13, which equaled 12,000 cases!
However, many of the top schools with out-of-school suspensions did not reduce the number of suspensions, therefore PACT voted to continue to work on continuing the reduction of suspensions. In August 2015, Miami Dade County Schools officially eliminated out –of-school suspensions in Miami Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS)!
Becuase of PACT's work with 9 other justice ministry organizations in Florida, on May 21, 2015, Governor Rick Scott signed the Civil Citation Bill into law, which allowed counties to connect children to prevention services for a child's first three misdemeanors instead of giving them an arrest record.
PACT has a three step Annual Process: Listening Process, Research to Action, and Follow Up/Investment Drive.
Listening Process: Communtiy leaders strengthen Justice Ministry Networks and identify community problems through house meetings, then vote priorities at the Annual Meeting.
Research to Action Process: leaders identify solutions to the problems, test networks, and secure commitments from officials to implement the solutions at a Community Action.
Investment Drive and Follow up Process: leaders and organizers focus on building the power of the organization through raising their own funds. They also follow up with officials who made commitments during the Community Action