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Secretary's Messages


  • In January 2012, the Bureau of Quality Improvement (QI) began a new process for conducting program reviews. QI reviews replaced quality assurance (QA) reviews.
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  • I am pleased to announce that juvenile delinquency has again declined statewide in all major categories with a 10 percent overall drop estimated for Fiscal Year (FY) 2011-12. We estimate the total number of referrals to the state’s juvenile justice system may fall below 100,000 this year, which would be the fewest in the agency’s history.
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  • I was honored to join Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente and state Education Commissioner Gerard Robinson at the National Judicial Leadership Summit on School-Justice Partnerships in New York City earlier this month.
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  • As I announced earlier this week, our website (www.djj.state.fl.us) now has a completely new look and feel. Many people contributed to this project over many months, but I especially want to thank DJJ Chief Information Officer Scott Morgan and his staff in Management Information Systems for the vast amount of behind-the-scenes technical work they completed to get the new site up and running.
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  • Today is the last day of the 2012 legislative session and several bills considered during the session affect DJJ. Here is an update:
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  • I am pleased to announce the appointment of Keith W. Morris as Chief of Investigations for the Office of the Inspector General. Keith fills the position vacated by Howard Greenfield, who recently accepted a similar post with the Florida Department of Transportation.
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  • The following students graduated today from basic officer training at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Tallahassee. They received a certificate for completing 120 hours of training to become either a juvenile justice detention officer or a juvenile justice residential officer.
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  • The following students graduated today from basic officer training at Hillsborough Community College in Tampa. They received a certificate for completing 120 hours of training to become either a Juvenile Justice Detention Officer or a Juvenile Justice Residential Officer.
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  • Congratulations and best wishes to the following new juvenile probation officers graduating today from the JPO Academy
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  • Today I was deeply honored to join Hillsborough County Commissioner Kevin Beckner and Superintendent Adonis Miles to congratulate Juvenile Justice Detention Officer II Maxcille Jones as the 2011 Employee of the Year for the Hillsborough Regional Juvenile Detention Center.
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  • Shay Bilchik and Marion Kelly with the Georgetown University Center for Juvenile Justice Reform met with Gov. Rick Scott, members of the Legislature and DJJ senior staff yesterday (Thursday) in Tallahassee.
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  • Welcome and congratulations to the following new and recently promoted members of the DJJ team.
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  • Did you know that Floridians are substantially less likely to be the victim of a crime involving a juvenile that at any other time since DJJ started tracking this statistic in 1990?
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  • I truly hope that you and your loved ones enjoyed the holidays and that you had a chance to relax and perhaps make some resolutions for 2012. The year is already off to a good start at DJJ.
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  • The Office of Prevention and Victim Services recently partnered with Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity Inc. and Continental Societies, Inc., to provide a much needed presentation to elementary school students in Miami-Dade County on bullying.
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  • With the holidays right around the corner, please remember that many of the youth we supervise won’t be able to spend them at home with friends and family. A little thoughtfulness and sensitivity go a long way this time of year. Thank you for caring.
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  • This week, I was honored to stand with other state agency heads as Gov. Rick Scott announced his Fiscal Year (FY) 2012-13 budget proposal to the Legislature. The Governor listened to Floridians to find out what issues were most important to them.
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  • I sincerely hope you had a peaceful Thanksgiving holiday with family and friends. Allow me to share some news
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  • With Thanksgiving here, let’s remember that we have so much to be grateful for. We live in a wonderful state and nation and enjoy freedoms and benefits envied by people around the world. It’s easy to look past our blessings to our problems, many of which are temporary and pass quickly.
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  • I am pleased to share with you my first weekly letter to all DJJ employees. Its purpose is to provide you with an update on key events and issues in our agency, and recognize noteworthy accomplishments.
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