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Secretary's Messages


  • 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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  • Last week, I attended the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network’s bi-annual meeting at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in Washington, D.C.
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  • Last week in Port St. Lucie, DJJ completed its roll out in Circuit 19 of the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) by initiating the case studies review process at the St. Lucie County Health Department.
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  • Director of Education Julie Orange and Northeast Education Specialist Renette Crosby served as judges during the inaugural Pinewood Car Challenge between the Marion Youth Academy and Challenge Youth Academy.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Week! This month, we’ve brought you stories that recognize the exceptional volunteer work of our staff and DJJ volunteers and we’re excited to close out the month recognizing National Volunteer Week.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Month! We are excited to recognize April as National Volunteer Month along with the designation of April 23-29 as Volunteer Week.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Month! We are excited to recognize April as National Volunteer Month along with the designation of April 23-29 as Volunteer Week.
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