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Secretary's Messages


  • Congratulations to Juvenile Detention Officer (JDO) Jamese Edwards with the Hillsborough Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was named DJJ’s Statewide Employee of the Month.
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  • Congratulations to Juvenile Detention Officer Supervisor Ikea Smith from the Orange Regional Juvenile Detention Center who was named the Employee of the Quarter for the Central Region of Detention Services.
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  • Congratulations and best wishes to North Regional Director for the Office of Probation andCommunity Intervention Jill Clemens who will soon be retiring after 29 years of dedicated service to the state of Florida.
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  • Last week, Director of Administration Vickie Harris hosted a breakfast to honor those DJJ staff members who were instrumental in assessing and repairing the damages in the field left behind in the wake of Hurricane Irma.
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  • Last week, I was excited to take part in a presentation of checks from the Youth Work Experience Program. The Florida Department of Transportation’s Youth Work Experience Program provides an opportunity for young men and women to obtain public service work and training experience that promotes participation in community enhancement projects.
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  • It is with a heavy heart that I announce the passing of Circuit 18 Juvenile Probation Officer Corey Henley. JPO Henley began working with our agency in August of last year and worked mostly with youth in foster care.
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  • On February 25, many of our DJJ headquarters staff teamed up with me, State Representative Ramon Alexander and Living Stones International to host a Farm Share event at Oak Ridge Elementary School in Tallahassee.
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  • Congratulations to Corporal Joyce Dix from the Alachua Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) who retired from the agency after thirty years of dedicated service to the state of Florida.
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  • Last Wednesday, I had the great honor to join Assistant Secretary for Prevention Alice Sims and President and CEO of the PACE Center for Girls Mary Marx for the kickoff rally for the annual PACE Center for Girls Day at the Capitol.
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  • Congratulations go to Rhonda Hartwell who was recently promoted to the position of superintendent of Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RDJC).
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  • As mentioned in last week’s letter, DJJ, along with our community partners, stakeholders and providers, celebrated Youth Success Day on January 23rd.
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  • Last Tuesday marked one of my favorite events celebrated here at DJJ—Youth Success Day. Governor Scott officially proclaimed January 23rd as Youth Success Day in Florida, and with it comes the recognition of our 2018 Youth Ambassadors.
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  • Congratulations to Sargent Nacoyia Sproles from the Leon Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) who was recognized as the facility’s Employee of the Month for the month of November.
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  • Last Tuesday, we welcomed the Florida Legislature as they convened for the 2018 Legislative Session. This 120th regular session is scheduled to end after 60 days on March 9, 2018.
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  • Congratulations to Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Victim Services Alice Sims on herinduction into the Florida Track and Field Hall of Fame last Friday at the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.
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  • As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and pondering what the new year will hold. It’s been quite a year for us all and I hope that during this joyous time, you have the opportunity to celebrate with your friends and loved ones.
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  • As the holiday season is upon us, we find ourselves reflecting on the past year and pondering what the new year will hold. It’s been quite a year for us all and I hope that during this joyous time, you have the opportunity to celebrate with your friends and loved ones.
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  • Each year, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ), members of the Florida Juvenile Justice Association (FJJA), the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF), and youth program providers celebrate Youth Success Day. It is hard to believe, but Youth Success Day 2018 is quickly approaching!
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  • Last Monday, Assistant Secretary for Prevention and Victim Services Alice Sims, Director of Education Julie Orange and I traveled to the PACE Center for Girls in Marion County and Pasco County to honor two of our finalists for Juvenile Justice Teacher of the Year.
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  • On November 7-8, our DJJ team along with our partners at the Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF) and Florida Faith-based and Community-based Advisory Council came together for the 2017 Florida Faith Symposium in Orlando.
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