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Secretary's Messages


  • On Wednesday, I had the privilege of presenting our Roadmap to System Excellence to the attendees of the 84th Annual Criminal Justice Training Institute in Orlando.
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  • You have probably heard there was an incident Saturday evening at Avon Park Youth Academy, a residential facility in Polk County that houses males between 16 and 19 years of age, that received a great deal of media attention and caused damage to some of the program’s buildings.
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  • On Tuesday, Deputy Secretary Christy Daly attended the State Advisory Group (SAG) meeting in Daytona Beach where she spoke with SAG members about the status of DJJ’s priorities: the 985 Legislative Rewrite, Budget and Roadmap to System Excellence.
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  • I am excited to share with you the updated Roadmap to System Excellence but first want to take this opportunity to say thank you. Thank you for your continued hard work, your valuable input on DJJ’s reform efforts and your continued commitment to moving this agency forward with the goals outlined in the Roadmap.
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  • Thanks to the hard work of our public servants, Floridians are experiencing the excitement of an incredible economic turnaround. Our unemployment rate is below the national average and our housing market is on the upswing
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  • The protestors at the Capitol, whom I met with on Monday, have made it clear that one of their biggest issues is school arrests. As I told them, our Department is making great strides in reducing the number of arrests in our schools and I am very happy to share the statistics to support that statement.
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  • Florida’s Pace Center for Girls has been awarded a three-year investment of $3.5 million from the Edna McConnell Clark Foundation (EMCF), consisting of funding from EMCF and the federal Social Innovation Fund (SIF).
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  • Our goal of establishing a system of excellence for the care of at-risk and delinquent youth continues. Over the last two months, DJJ has been working to identify and appoint a Headquarters Reform Specialist along with Reform Specialists statewide in each circuit
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  • I would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to Justice, the dog from the Miami-Dade RJDC, for becoming an official Pet Therapy Dog and Canine Good Citizen. Justice passed his exams last Saturday with flying colors
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  • The Florida Council on Crime and Delinquency, Chapter 2, has selected Vickie Harris, DJJ’s Budget Bureau Chief, as the recipient of the 2013 Annual Distinguished Service Award in the area of Juvenile Justice.
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  • Legislative Affairs Kudos: On Thursday, June 20, Jon Menendez and Marcus Smith from the Office of Legislative Affairs spoke with a small group of youth involved in Florida YMCA’s Youth in Government Program. These impressive 11th and 12th graders were elected by their peers to serve in leadership roles in the state assembly as a part of their Youth in Government Program.
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  • 2013 Children’s Advocacy Award I was humbled to receive the 2013 Children’s Advocacy Award Wednesday night in Miami, presented by Florida’s Children First, an organization whose mission is to protect the legal rights of at-risk children. The Children’s Advocacy Award was given in honor of the work I have done as part of this department, as well as my contributions to the Commission of the Legal Needs of Children. On behalf of our agency, I would like to thank Florida’s Children First, specifically Howard M. Talenfeld, President, and Christina Spudeas, Executive Director, for recognizing our ongoing efforts to protect the rights of at-risk youth, as well as Carlos J. Martinez for his heartfelt introduction.
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  • LEGISLATIVE UPDATE: Governor Scott signed twelve bills into law Wednesday, chief among them was HB 617 which covers the Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Boards & Juvenile Justice Civil Councils. This bill re-designates juvenile justice circuit boards as juvenile justice circuit advisory boards and removes provisions relating to the establishment of juvenile justice county councils
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  • SWFL ROADMAP TOUR: It was a whirlwind week as DJJ leadership traveled to Southwest Florida to present the Department’s Roadmap to System Excellence. Tuesday began with a radio interview with Byron Donalds of the Daybreak program on 92.5FM in Fort Myers
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  • As I’m sure you’re aware, Monday is Memorial Day, a state and federal holiday. I want to take this opportunity to wish you and your families a safe and enjoyable three-day weekend, and also to recognize the more than one million brave men and women who have lost their lives serving our country.
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  • The legislative team is wrapping up post-session documents from the 2013 Florida Legislative Session and is already working with DJJ staff and DJJ statutory stakeholders to draft proposals to revise Chapter 985, Florida Statutes.
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  • With the 2013 Legislative Session over, we are moving full-steam ahead with our next Roadmap meeting. We are scheduled to be in Fort Myers during the last week of May where we will hold a meeting for stakeholders and public town hall meeting.
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  • Florida’s 2013 Legislative Session is scheduled to adjourn today. The final day of Session brought one more legislative victory to our agency as the DJJ’s Boards & Councils legislation (House Bill 617) received the support of the Florida Legislature after final passage in the Senate.
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  • Did you know Florida was the first state to make it a felony to not report child abuse? This is especially important because it is estimated that one in three girls and one in five boys are the victims of sexual abuse.
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  • The next Roadmap Town Hall meeting is being planned for May 29 in Naples. The location will be posted on the Roadmap meeting calendar.
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