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Learn about the vision, mission and guiding principles of the Department of Juvenile Justice.


The children and families of Florida will live in safe, nurturing communities that provide for their needs, recognize their strengths and support their success.


To increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.

Guiding Principles

  • Prevention and education are paramount
  • Strengthen partnerships with judicial, legislative and community stakeholders
  • Promote public safety through effective intervention
  • Provide a safe and nurturing environment for our children
  • Preserve and restore physical and mental health