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  • On April 9 at noon, the 2013 Youth Success Ambassadors will join me on the courtyard steps of the Historical Capitol in Tallahassee to celebrate DJJ Youth Success Day.
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  • This was a short week in the legislature with legislative meetings being held only on Wednesday and Thursday. SB 676 by Sen. Greg Evers & HB 617 by Rep. Ray Pilon -- Juvenile Justice Circuit Advisory Boards and Juvenile Justice County Councils passed the Senate Judiciary and House Local and Federal Affairs committees, respectively, on March 27.
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  • I spent the first two of days of this week in San Francisco at The Council of State Governments Justice Center’s School Discipline Consensus Project. This is a year-long effort to develop what will be proposed as national policy.
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  • Last week, I announced that the preliminary data results for fiscal year (FY) 2012-13 indicate that overall juvenile crime continues to decline.
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  • “It’s working,” was Gov. Rick Scott’s message in his State of the State Address to the 2013 Legislature on the opening day of session, March 5. Florida’s economy has successfully rebounded after two years of hard work by legislators, and Florida is projected to have a budget surplus for the first time in six years.
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  • The Roadmap to System Excellence Town Hall meeting was held in Jacksonville on Feb. 27. I appreciate the thoughtful comments and observations offered by the attendees.
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  • ROADMAP UPDATE: I am looking forward to the Jacksonville Roadmap Town hall meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at the Florida State College at Jacksonville, Downtown Campus, Building A, Room 1068, 101 West State Street, Jacksonville. To register to attend, please visit the Jacksonville Roadmap meeting webpage.
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  • ROADMAP UPDATE: The Jacksonville Roadmap Town hall meeting will be Wednesday, Feb. 27. Please visit the Roadmap meeting calendar for the location.
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  • ROADMAP UPDATE: Last week, while I was in the Panhandle for Roadmap to System Excellence meetings in Bay and Escambia counties, I visited the staff and youth at the Pensacola Boys Base, the Escambia Regional Juvenile Detention Center (RJDC) and the PACE Center for girls in Pensacola.
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  • This week I led the ninth and tenth Roadmap to System Excellence meetings in Panama City (Wednesday) and Pensacola (Thursday) since we launched the Roadmap in November. Roadmap Town Hall and stakeholder meetings have so far attracted more than one thousand citizens to learn more about juvenile justice reform.
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  • After a brief hiatus for the holidays, the Panhandle is the next stop for Roadmap to System Excellence Town Hall meetings. On Wednesday, Jan. 30 I will be at the Bay County Government Center and on Thursday, Jan. 31 I will be in Escambia County at the John and Paul Amos Performance Studio, Building 23, Pensacola State College.
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  • We are moving ahead with the next stage of the Roadmap to System Excellence statewide tour. Two more meetings are scheduled at the end of this month – in Bay County at the Bay County Government Center on Jan. 30 and in Escambia County at Pensacola State College on Jan. 31.
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  • ROADMAP UPDATE: Additional Roadmap to System Excellence meetings are being planned for later this month and February after last year’s highly successful kickoff and subsequent statewide listening tour in eight major cities.
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  • ROADMAP UPDATE: Last week, I traveled to South Florida for the final Roadmap to System Excellence meetings of this this year. I met with newspaper editorial boards, stakeholders and members of the public in Palm Beach County (Dec. 17-18), Broward County (Dec. 19) and Miami-Dade County (Dec. 20).
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  • ROADMAP UPDATE: Next week I will be in South Florida to lead a series of Town Hall meetings about the Roadmap to System Excellence. Please join me at these final Roadmap meetings of 2012 if your schedule permits.
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  • This week I led the latest series of editorial board, stakeholder and Town Hall meetings in Orlando (Monday), Tampa (Tuesday) and Pinellas County (Wednesday) to discuss the Roadmap to System Excellence. We met with 15 journalists, 68 stakeholders and more than 350 members of the public at these meetings.
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  • ROADMAP UPDATE: On Tuesday, we took the Roadmap to System Excellence to Gainesville, where senior staff and I conducted the second in a series of editorial board visits, stakeholder meetings and Town Hall meetings across Florida.
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  • TAKING THE ROADMAP TO GAINESVILLE: I was gratified at the positive response to last Thursday’s Roadmap to System Excellence Town Hall meeting in Tallahassee. The next Town Hall meeting is at Santa Fe College in Gainesville on Tuesday, Nov. 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 pm.
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  • FIRST ROADMAP TOWN HALL MEETING A SUCCESS: I am deeply grateful to the more than 100 members of the public who attended the first Roadmap Town Hall meeting in Tallahassee Thursday night. Stakeholders, employees, civic leaders and parents from Leon, Franklin, Gadsden, Jefferson, Liberty, Madison, Taylor, and Wakulla counties contributed valuable comments to shape the path of juvenile justice reform.
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  • INTERNATIONAL HONOR: Secretary Walters was one of eight recipients of the 2012 Juvenile Justice Without Borders International Award presented by the International Juvenile Justice Observatory (IJJO) during the International Youth Justice Convention.
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