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Secretary's Messages


  • On Wednesday, Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann and I were pleased to address the Probation Advisory Team (PAT) as they reconvened for their first bi-annual meeting of the year at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway.
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  • As previously mentioned in our weekly letter, the Miami-Dade RJDC held a module sub-control holiday decorating contest and encouraged all of the youth at the facility to participate.
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  • On Monday, I attended the Florida Children and Youth Cabinet meeting at the Capitol. On the agenda for the meeting was an update from the Cabinet’s Policy Impact Committee Chair Judge Sandy Karlan regarding legislative priorities and the Cabinet’s proposed action plan.
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  • The Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF) teamed up with Amazon Smile last year 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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  • A multidisciplinary team of DJJ staff members presented at the American Society of Criminology (ASC) 72nd Annual Meeting in New Orleans, which is held primarily for criminal justice and criminologist educators, criminal justice practitioners, and researchers.
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  • 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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