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Governor Crist's Fiscal Year 2010-11 Budget Recommendations Preserve DJJ Critical Functions

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Tallahassee -- Released today, Governor Charlie Crist's budget recommendations include $608.4 million for the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2010-11.

"We are pleased that Governor Crist's recommendations preserve DJJ's vital services as we work to keep Florida safe," said DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman, Jr. "DJJ will continue to work to sustain a safe, rehabilitative environment for Florida’s at-risk and troubled children as we work together to maintain our critical programs."

Highlights of the Governor's 2010-11 DJJ budget recommendations include:

  • $4.3 million to preserve 112 residential beds currently funded from non-recurring general revenue. This funding will provide intensive treatment for youth who are at greatest risk of re-offending. Residential services provide a continuum of care for youth committed to the care and custody of the department and is designed to place youth in the most appropriate program to meet the youth's needs and to promote public safety.
  • $2.5 million for juvenile justice facilities throughout Florida for repair and maintenance needs, a key to ensuring safety for children in DJJ's care. This is a major step forward in addressing the backlog contained in the agency's five-year Capital Improvement Plan.
  • $5.6 million covering detention center costs for fiscally constrained counties, a designation outlined, and provided for, in Florida Statutes.
  • $1.6 million to maintain the expansion of Redirection services, which provide a highly effective and cost saving treatment alternative for qualifying youth with lesser charges.
  • $1 million to sustain operational costs of four currently state-funded juvenile assessment centers (JAC). The JAC serve as "intake centers" and are the entry points for youth taken into custody for violations of law. Law enforcement agencies throughout the state have lauded the importance of these centers, which provide many different non-profit, local and referral agency services.

For additional details on the Governor's recommended Fiscal Year 2010-11 budget, visit www.MyFlorida.com and click on "The People's Budget," or visit www.ThePeoplesBudget.state.fl.us.

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