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Secretary's Messages


  • Last week, DJJ cohosted, along with the National Partnership for Juvenile Services, the 23rd National Symposium on Juvenile Services in Orlando.
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  • Last week was a productive and busy time for DJJ staff, our providers, and our stakeholders, as we continued our work in bettering the lives of Florida’s children and families. I hope you will take a moment to read the stories about the accomplishments of our agency staff, our colleagues, and the youth in our care.
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  • I’m pleased to announce that Shelly-Ann Wilson has been named the new juvenile probation officer supervisor (JPOS) for the Central Fort Myers Office Unit 302 in Circuit 20.
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  • The eighth annual Florida Faith Symposium will be held November 7-8, 2017, at the Rosen Centre Hotel in Orlando. The symposium is one of the state’s largest gatherings of faith leaders and government agencies joining forces to serve and strengthen Florida’s children and families.
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  • On behalf of DJJ, I’d like to extend our thoughts and prayers to those across Florida that are affected by Hurricane Irma, and let’s not forget those in Texas still recovering from Hurricane Harvey. Floridians who have experienced the wrath of hurricanes before know we will come through the devastating impact on our homes, businesses, and communities ever stronger.
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  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice along with the National Partnership for Juvenile Services will host the 23rd National Symposium on Juvenile Services on October 8-12 at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando.
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  • Last week, Governor Rick Scott and First Lady Ann Scott announced the 2017 Hispanic Heritage Month contests for students and educators.
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  • Last Thursday, I had the opportunity to welcome juvenile justice circuit advisory board (CAB) members from Circuit 2 as they held their meeting at DJJ headquarters.
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  • Last week, the Department held its final site visit for the Youth in Custody Practice Model (YICPM), in Tallahassee, in conjunction with the Council of Juvenile Correctional Administrators and Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.
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  • Congratulations to Amy Snow (left) and Maureen Wines (right) for being recognized as the Information Technology (IT) Employees of the Month for June 2017.
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  • Last week, I had the opportunity to speak to the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention State Advisory Group (SAG) during their quarterly meeting in Jacksonville.
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  • On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to participate in the 65th Annual Florida Police Chiefs Association’s (FPCA) Summer Training Conference and Exposition in Miami.
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  • Circuit 20 Administrative Assistant Mary Jane Wright was recognized as the Circuit 20 Employee of the Quarter for the second quarter of 2017 during a recent circuit management team meeting.
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  • DJJ Statewide Human Trafficking Director Bethany Gilot traveled to Washington, D.C. to participate on a panel on human trafficking to Florida’s Congressional Delegation.
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  • The Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF), the direct-support organization for the Department, hosted a fundraiser reception in West Palm Beach this past week.
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  • Congratulations to Rand Smith and Sharon Arnold for being recognized as the Information Technology (IT) Employees of the Month for May 2017.
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  • The Orange RJDC welcomed Operations Assistant Division Manager Tiffany Hiatt from theJuvenile Division of the Orange County Clerk of Courts to the facility on June 7 who gave our officers an in-depth training.
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  • Last week I had the honor of providing opening remarks at the National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community in Orlando.
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  • Last week, I along with Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann, members of the leadership team and DJJ staff participated in the Reform Specialist and Chief Probation Officer Summit in Ocala.
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  • On Wednesday Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann and I met with the current juvenile probation officer (JPO) class at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway.
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