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Secretary's Messages


  • Last week in Circuit 9, our Department rolled out the Juvenile Justice System ImprovementProject (JJSIP) through a series of three meetings.
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  • On November 2-3, DJJ staff members attended the 2016 Florida Faith Symposium in Orlando where Florida Governor Rick Scott joined local and state government officials, faith and community-based leaders, stakeholders, advocates, providers and others.
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  • It is my great pleasure to recognize Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor (JPOS) Jillian Lewandowski as our DJJ Statewide Employee of the Month!
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  • I am pleased to announce that JJDO Supervisor Hector Rivera from the Monroe RJDC was honored as the Detention Supervisor of the Month for the South Region.
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  • On Friday, Chief of Staff Fred Schuknecht and I made a trip out to the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway to meet with the current juvenile justice detention officer class.
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  • I want to extend a special and very heartfelt thanks to a great group of DJJ employees who stepped up in a big way during Hurricane Matthew.
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  • DJJ employees are among the most innovative and creative people in all of state government as they continue to seek more productive ways to perform their jobs more efficiently. I am excited to announce that the 2017 Prudential Productivity Awards, presented by Florida TaxWatch, provides an excellent opportunity to recognize the innovative ideas and resulting cost savings accomplished by enterprising DJJ employees.
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  • Last week, the Department completed its roll out of the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) in Circuit 16 by initiating the case studies review process at a day-long training at the Circuit 16 Probation Office in Key West.
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  • Congratulations to Superintendent Darrell Johnson who has been named the Operations & Program Manager for the Office of Detention Services North Regional Office.
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  • Last week in Circuit 16 (Key West), the Department rolled out the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) through a series of three meetings. Many thanks go to our hosts at the Harvey Government Center and the Freeman Justice Center–Key West Courthouse.
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  • Last week, Governor Rick Scott joined Florida Department of Transportation crews, members of the Florida National Guard, various veterans’ groups and agency leadership and staff to assist with debris removal in Tallahassee in the aftermath of Hurricane Hermine.
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  • Last Monday, I was pleased to join youth, DJJ staff, Miami Bridge Board members and other dignitaries for a site visit of the Miami Bridge Youth & Family Services Center.
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  • It is my great pleasure to recognize Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor (JPOS) Yvette Isaac as our DJJ Statewide Employee of the Month!
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  • On Monday, I was honored to give a presentation at the 2016 National Forum on Criminal Justice in Philadelphia
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  • Last weekend, I was honored to attend the Florida Police Chief Association’s (FPCA) 64th annual Summer Training Conference and Exposition in Bonita Springs.
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  • On Wednesday I made a trip out to the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway to meet with the current juvenile probation officer and juvenile detention officer classes.
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  • On Monday, I was honored to be one of several speakers to address the Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO) 2016 Annual Training Conference in Naples.
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  • On Thursday, I was excited to meet with kids and chaperones from Estella’s Brilliant Bus for a tour of the Capitol.
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  • Sergeant William Joseph Durden passed away on Thursday, July 7th, 2016. Sergeant Durden served in the United States Navy prior to joining the Department of Juvenile Justice at St. Lucie Regional Juvenile Detention Center in 1986, then the Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services.
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  • Last Wednesday, I had the honor and privilege to join Governor Rick Scott for a bill signing ceremony at the Florida Association of Counties (FAC) Annual Conference in Orlando.
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