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Secretary's Messages


  • 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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  • The Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF) has teamed up with Amazon Smile to provide a convenient and philanthropic way for you to support FJJF every time you shop, at no cost to you.
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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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  • This last week, our DJJ staff, providers, and stakeholders also continued to work hard 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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  • Congratulations to Fiscal Assistant Maria Carroll and Maintenance Mechanic John Harper from the Volusia Regional Juvenile Detention Center who were recently recognized by the Office of Detention Services in the North Region.
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  • 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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