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October 27, 2014

Secretary Daly’s Weekly Letter

I am sincerely grateful for the hard work and steadfast dedication to this agency from those who work in juvenile justice across the state and I am proud to share every week the great work occurring here at the Department of Juvenile Justice and that of our partners. I hope you will take a moment to read the stories about the accomplishments of our colleagues and the youth in our care. I am always looking for opportunities to showcase the work you do – on and off the clock – to enrich your communities. I know there is even more going on than what I report here, so I would like to encourage each of you to keep the weekly letter in mind and remember to share your good news. It’s easy – email news@djj.state.fl.us or call (850) 921–5900 by Thursday at noon (submissions after that time will be considered for the next week’s letter).


Christina K. Daly

The Governor’s Corner by Governor Rick Scott

Florida’s public servants have been working hard to improve our great state, and we are excited to see their hard work pave the way for Florida families and private-sector businesses to succeed. Recently, we announced three manufacturing companies who are creating opportunities in Florida; the expansions of Just In Time Machining, GE Oil & Gas, and Embraer will create at least 1,100 new jobs for Floridians. Last year we eliminated the sales tax on manufacturing equipment to ensure Florida businesses can meet their full potential when competing against other states and countries. These exciting wins wouldn’t be possible without the support of our public servants.
In total, Florida businesses have created more than 651,000 private-sector jobs since December 2010. Our hard work has done a great job turning around Florida’s economy, but there is more to do to in order to create opportunities for generations to come. With the help of our public servants, we can give our families and our future generations the opportunities to get a great job and live the American Dream right here in Florida. Let’s keep working to build an opportunity economy where all Floridians can achieve their dreams. 

2014 National Faith Symposium

Last week, the Department took part in hosting the fifth annual National Faith Symposium at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. The event, entitled “Our Children, Our Future: Strengthening Families and Communities through Faith,” represents one of the largest gatherings of faith and community leaders throughout the state. DJJ collaborated with the Department of Children and Families, the Department of Corrections and the Florida Faith-Based and Community Based Advisory Council to make this year’s event a total success. 

From L to R: Assistant Secretary for Prevention Wanda Finnie, DCF Interim Secretary Mike Carroll, Guest Speaker Dr. Rosalind Tompkins, me, DOC Deputy Secretary Tim Cannon. 

The two-day event brought together faith leaders from around the country to listen to inspiring speakers including Antwone Fisher (seen below with several DJJ team members), who’s life story was most accurately portrayed by Denzel Washington in the movie of the same name. Fisher spoke on his journey through child abandonment, homelessness and finally his career the United States Navy and as a Federal Corrections Officer. 

The Honorable Judge Glenda Hatchett (seen right) spoke to the patrons on Wednesday. Judge Hatchett, who became the first African American Chief Presiding Judge in the State of Georgia, is also a national best-selling author and a two-time Emmy Award nominee for The Judge Hatchett Show which is syndicated across the country. 

In addition, the Symposium featured workshops on empowering parents, youth engagement, foster care, engaging community in child welfare, and domestic child sex trafficking which provided an opportunity for those in attendance to share ideas and best practices of integrating faith-based organizations into the work they already do to help at-risk and delinquent children and youth, as well as their families.

During the Symposium, the Faith-Based and Community-Based Advisory Council celebrated two outstanding faith-based and community-based organizations with “Champions of Hope” awards. These two organizations were recognized for their initiatives and innovations to improving outcomes in serving Florida’s at-risk youth, children in care and families in need. Northland, A Church Distributed and Miami’s River of Life were presented with Champions of Hope awards.

Miami’s River of Life, led by Minister George Ellis (seen left) and nominated by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, has been a refuge for many troubled youth providing various services including transitional living, temporary shelter, and respite care for youth in the juvenile justice system for more than 21 years. Minister Ellis truly believes that many of the behavior problems exhibited by our youth today are due to “a broken spirit, caused by a lack of love.” Miami’s River of Life services focus on life skill development, pro-social skill development, family reunification and conflict resolution. Minister Ellis has been instrumental in working with community stakeholders to develop government, faith-based and community-based collaborations, which have had a deep and widespread impact.

Northland, A Church Distributed, whose distributed service team is led by Dr. Gretchen Kerr and was nominated by the Florida Department of Children and Families, works to build collaborative relationships within the Central Florida community to serve people in need ranging from those transitioning from prison or jail to serving the needs of homeless families as well as participating in disaster response. Northland also assisted in the development of Resource Point, a partnership database for case management, data collection, and community collaboration.

While there are many faiths represented at this gathering, we are united together because we all believe in giving our children hope. The faith community’s role in reaching at-risk youth is significant, whether it be serving as mentors or providing opportunities for youth to participate in giving back to their local communities. Our agencies greatly depend upon and recognize the important roles faith partners play in every neighborhood of every city in this state.

 2014 Judge’s Forum

On Tuesday, I was honored to be a part of the 2014 Judges Forum which ran concurrently with the Faith Symposium at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Our agency co-hosted this event with the Honorable Judge Daniel Lawson from the Ninth Judicial Circuit who is also the vice-chair of our State Advisory Group. The forum also featured Judge Steve Teske (pictured left) who joined us from Clayton County, Georgia. The purpose of this forum was to obtain information from these judges so that our agency could better increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention, and treatment services. 

On Monday, I provided the opening remarks during the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation’s quarterly board meeting in Orlando. During this meeting, board members discussed their current strategic plan, were given a grant update from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, and received an update on SB 1194 and its effect on the Foundation. I would like to extend my thanks to FJJF Director Caroline Ray for facilitating this meeting as well as board chairman Dan Beeman.

On Monday, I gave the opening remarks during the State Advisory Group’s Quarterly meeting at the Rosen Plaza Hotel in Orlando. Assistant Secretary for Prevention Wanda Finnie also gave remarks during the meeting. SAG members listened to a presentation from Vicky Basra from the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center, while Yvonne Woodard from the Office of Prevention gave an overview of grants, contracts and Federal compliance. 

Probation and Detention Visits

On Wednesday, Assistant Secretary for Probation Tim Niermann and I made staff and site visits in Brevard and Putnam County respectively. We began our day meeting with Brevard County probation staff before a site visit of the Brevard RJDC. During the visit, I was able to see the good work that our TAPS Program is doing at the facility. These puppies, provided by The Pixel Fund, are cared for by our youth before they can be adopted. The afternoon concluded with a visit with probation officers in Putnam County. On Thursday, we visited Detention and Probation Staff at the Duval RJDC in Jacksonville.  These meetings consisted of discussions regarding community needs and our continued reform efforts, including initiatives that were working well and also challenges we still face.  I would like to thank all of the staff that participated in these meetings and for sharing their insight and knowledge.  

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 

On October 19, it was my pleasure to join the 7,000 walkers who teamed up to raise $220,000 for the fight against breast cancer at Making Strides of Leon County.  I was especially pleased to walk with breast cancer survivors, including my sister, Cara North, and Residential Services (HQ) GOC-II Vanessa Wicker—who returned to Tallahassee from her treatment in Chapel Hill, NC, in order to join her colleagues in the walk and to return to work on Monday before her next round of treatment.  The team name was the idea of Statewide Commitment Manager Michell McCarthyDJJ--Save 2nd Base.  

The team includes Team Leader and Residential Services Assistant Secretary Laura Moneyham, Office of Program Accountability Director Amy Johnson, her friend Karen Chi (who works for the Department of Financial Services and has a breast cancer-survivor family member), Residential Services-HQ Programs & Policy Coordinator Meg Bates, Residential Services-Northwest Region SMA-II Lori Jernigan (who drove from Bonifay to participate in the walk), Residential Services-HQ OMC Manager (HQ) Candace Seifert, and Residential Services-HQ GOC-II Lytha Belrose.  

Together, the team raised $770 (77% of the team’s goal) and each member will work until Midnight on Dec. 31st to reach the goal of $1,000.  All funds raised support breast cancer research; provide free comprehensive programs and support to patients, survivors, and caregivers; and help people take steps to reduce their risk of breast cancer or find it early, when it is most treatable.

It was humbling to see the hundreds of breast cancer survivors who walked and to see how many people in this community are impacted by breast cancer.  According to the U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services, one out of eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.  However, breast cancer knows no boundaries and does not discriminate by gender, age, race, or socio-economic factors.  Our DJJ family has many breast cancer survivors who are working every day to help Florida’s children.  Many DJJ staff members have family members who are currently battling breast cancer.  Sadly, DJJ has lost several staff members to this disease over the years and their passing is felt every day.  We salute all of our DJJ family who have been impacted by breast cancer.  Please know that we walked for all of you when we walked on Sunday.

Shown right (L-R):  Lori Jernigan, Candy Seifert, Laura Moneyham, Meg Bates, Amy Johnson (back), Vanessa Wicker, Lytha Belrose, Cara North, Sec. Christy Daly.

See the Girl Summit 

This past Friday the Delores Barr Weaver Policy Center hosted the annual See the Girl Summit  in Jacksonville at which I was delighted to give opening remarks. This one day conference highlighted the latest girl-centered research and programming practices, specialized interventions for victims/survivors of sex trafficking and advocacy/public policy initiatives. Thought leaders and subject matter experts joined an audience of healthcare providers, policymakers, direct service providers, attorneys and advocates for girls to address the needs of Florida's girls through a girl-centered framework. 

DJJ Human Trafficking Prevention Employee of the Year

Charlotte was awarded the Human Trafficking Employee of the Year for the Department of Juvenile Justice. Her work with community partners has not only raised public awareness in her Circuit but led to the successful rescue and placement of a 14-year-old girl entrenched in human trafficking. Charlotte was recognized at the recent 2014 Florida Human Trafficking Summit. I would like to congratulate JPO Charlotte McGill who was named the Human Trafficking Juvenile Probation Officer of the Year during the Human Trafficking Summit in Tampa.  Charlotte has been a tireless trailblazer for providing resources and tracking exploited girls in Alachua County.

Office of Program Accountability

The Bureau of Monitoring and Quality Improvement’s Central Region staff attended a JJIS Prevention Web training followed by a staff BBQ and team building in Tampa on Monday, October 20. Lunch was provided by Central Region Deputy Supervisor, Melissa Johnson and Central Region Supervisor, Kent H. Rinehart.  Staff were treated to Melissa‘s famous chicken and yellow rice and Kent’s pulled pork barbeque. The Central Region began monitoring as a team on August 4 after combining staff from the Bureau of Quality Improvement and Central Region Residential Monitoring.  Having staff located throughout the Region from Orlando, Tampa, Lakeland, Bartow, and Bradenton makes it somewhat challenging for face to face staff meetings, so this activity was productive and a real treat. Kent, Melissa and Bureau Chief Stephen Brown appreciate all the efforts and hard work of the Central Region team. Our Central Region leadership will continue to strive to provide as many team building and educational opportunities as possible.  

From left to right: Regional Monitors Scott Luciano, Stephanie Lobzun, and Paul Sheffer

Employee Kudos

JPO Brianna Boston from Circuit 14 was commended for her professionalism during a very challenging situation with one of our youth by Bay County Superintendent Heather Hart. The letter reads:

Good Morning- 

I wanted to commend JPO Boston on her work last night in a succession of very unfortunate circumstances as she was working to release Youth Mobbs to his mother.  

She did a wonderful job in the face of a challenging situation and maintained a very professional demeanor while keeping the best interest of the youth paramount.  There is no doubt that her work with DCF helped keep that young man safe and out of any additional trouble last night! 

It is a pleasure to work with folks that share the same vision…..thank you, JPO Boston for your work! 

Major Heather Girvin Hart, CPM


Bay Regional Juvenile Detention Center

Data Integrity  Officer Katherine Gomez presented recently to a class at Clearwater Christian College. Following her visit to the class, Mark Greenwald, Director of Research and Planning received the below email:

Mr. Greenwald: 

I am an adjunct instructor of Juvenile Justice at Clearwater Christian College and I recently had the pleasure of having Katherine Gomez, DIO for Circuit 6, address my class.  I was referred to Ms. Gomez by Donna Butt, Asst. Chief Probation Officer for Circuit 6 and it was a worthy recommendation.   

Ms. Gomez enthusiastically accepted my invitation and showed a real interest in the curriculum of the class and how she could best support the students’ needs.  Her range of experience was a great asset as she was able to share her expertise in prevention, probation, and residential services.  Ms. Gomez spoke highly of a juvenile justice career in general and DJJ as a great employer specifically.  You’ll also be glad to know she very proudly discussed DJJ’s commitment to data gathering, data integrity, and meaningful research! 

As a retired 29-year law enforcement veteran who specialized in youth services, I can attest to her knowledge, insight, and passion and she was able to relate to the students in a very clear and realistic manner.  Although our class is small, she very patiently gave of her time and solicited any and all questions. 

I wanted to express my thanks to Ms. Gomez, Ms. Butt, and DJJ for supporting us at Clearwater Christian.  Your willingness to share your expertise as practitioners will help ensure the best possible futures for our students as criminal justice practitioners and advocates for youth. 


Brian W. Moyer

Adjunct Instructor, Clearwater Christian College

Pasco Sheriff’s Office (Ret.)

Brian Moyer
Instructor of Juvenile Justice

I would like to send my heartfelt congratulations to South Region Probation Director Vanessa Hargray who will retire from DJJ on October 31. Vanessa has put a lot of hard work and dedication into a 35 year career with the state of Florida, and we will be very sad to see her go. On behalf of the entire Department I would like to wish her the best in her upcoming retirement.

Residential Update

This week, the Department launched the Trauma Responsive Practices (TRP) Project, which is a continuation of the Roadmap for System Excellence and an adjunct component of the Juvenile Justice Systems Improvement Project (JJSIP).  As part of the Department’s contract with Georgetown University for JJSIP, we are working with three nationally recognized experts in trauma responsive services within the juvenile justice system to implement a TRP process. 

This project includes an assessment of programs and staff training—with a focus on working with direct care staff—to more effectively address gender-related trauma responsive services for youth with an increased likelihood to re-offend.  The TRP Project will start with three residential programs:

  • Martin Girls Academy, a high- and maximum-risk program for females that is operated by G4S Youth Services, LLC, in Circuit 19;
  • Melbourne Center for Personal Growth, a non-secure program for males that is operated by AMIKids, Inc., in Circuit 18; and
  • Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility, a high-risk program for males that is operated by Youth Services International, Inc., in Circuit 15.

Of the three-phase implementation, Phase I of the TRP Project was initiated this week.  The phases are as follows:

Phase I:  Selection and Assessment Tool for Project Sites

Develop an assessment tool and conduct an introductory conference call with each of the three programs to further describe the project, answer questions, and provide information regarding the first onsite meeting.

Phase II:  On-Site Trauma-Responsive Organizational Assessment

The assessment will include interviews, focus groups, and a survey-based trauma-responsive organizational assessment that will be conducted with input from DJJ staff, provider/program administrators, youth, and their caregivers/guardians/parents. 

Phase III:  TRP Collaborative Review, Planning and Implementation

The findings of the site assessments will be reviewed and a plan will be developed to implement trauma-responsive services and practices designed to improve the program’s trauma-responsive services.  As a part of this implementation, the TRP team will provide a train-the-trainer in “Think Trauma: A training for staff in Juvenile Justice and Residential Settings.”

The TRP team of researchers includes:

  • Monique Marrow, Ph.D.—Dr. Marrow holds a doctorate in Child Clinical Psychology from The Ohio State University.  She is a member of the National Childhood Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).  Currently, she serves as Consortium Investigator for the Center for Trauma Recovery and Juvenile Justice at the University of Connecticut, as Training Specialist for the University of Kentucky Center on Trauma and Children, and is actively involved in training and consultation across the country, including as instructor with Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice Reform.  With Georgetown, Dr. Marrow focuses on addressing issues of trauma in youth who are in custody and in cross-over youth populations.  She also is a consultant for the National Center for Mental Health and Juvenile Justice, the Council of State Governments, and with the McArthur Foundation.
  • Christopher Branson, Ph.D.—Dr. Branson earned his doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Virginia and completed a Post-doctoral Fellowship in Adolescent Substance Abuse Treatment and Research at St. Luke’s Hospital.  He is a Child Psychologist and Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine and Mount Sinai St. Luke’s Hospital in New York City.  His research and clinical work focus on improving services and outcomes for justice-involved youth with mental health problems, particularly traumatic stress and substance use.  Dr. Branson has provided individual, group, or family therapy to more than 250 youth offenders and works primarily with lower-income African-American and Latino families.  Currently, he is the Co-principal Investigator for a Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA)-funded project that aims to implement trauma-informed practices and organizational change within five juvenile justice agencies in New York City (NYC), including the Department of Probation and the Rikers Island Correctional Facility.  Dr. Branson has significant experience providing staff training and consultation to juvenile justice and mental health agencies in evidence-based assessments and interventions for adolescent traumatic stress or substance use, as well as culturally-competent care with LGBTQ clients.
  • Jacob Ham, Ph.D.—Dr. Ham received his doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Massachusetts-Boston, with an emphasis on Development and Community Mental Health/Ethnic Minority Mental Health.  He completed his Pre-doctoral Internship in Child/Adult Psychiatry at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School.  He then trained in the Developmental Medicine Center at Children’s Hospital Boston/Harvard Medical School, providing psychological evaluations for school age children and treatment in the Parent Infant Mental Health Clinic.  He is an expert in child traumatic stress and the implementation and development of treatments for child traumatic stress.  He is an Assistant Professor at Mount Sinai School of Medicine and the Director of the Beth Israel Medical Center and St. Luke’s Roosevelt Hospital Center’s program for Healing Emotions and Achieving Resilience to Traumatic Stress at (BI-SLR HEARTS), which is funded by SAMHSA and has the mission to disseminate trauma-informed practices throughout child-serving systems of NYC.  He is a leader in the NCTSN, serving as a member of its Steering Committee as well as participating in various workgroups, presentations, and break-through series.  Dr. Ham is a well-known trainer and speaker throughout NYC and across the nation on trauma-informed care.  He also is leading the NYC Complex Trauma Treatment Network, whose mission is to spread trauma-informed practices throughout NYC’s juvenile justice system.  This network is actively working with judges, diversion programs, probation, court-based services, non-secure placements, and incarceration.

The residents of the Frances Walker Halfway House (FWHH), a non-secure program for females, ages 13 to 18, located in Titusville and operated by Aspire Health Partners Inc., have been engaging in various fun activities at the program.  In an effort to provide incentives for all the girls regardless of phase or eligibility to go off campus, program staff members offer various in-house activities as fun extras to earn with positive behavior.  Yoga has been offered at the program for several months.  With the good weather lately, the girls have been able to participate on the program lawn under the guidance of Program Mental Health Counseling Intern Leah Delaney.  Additionally, the girls participated last weekend in the first monthly “Spa Day” at the program where they had the opportunity to receive pedicures, manicures and facials.  This activity is one of many proposed by the Frances Walker Youth Advisory Board and adopted eagerly by program management and staff.

 Detention Update

The Teens Assisting Puppies (TAPS) Program at the Brevard RJDC received their latest group of six puppies last week. These puppies will stay at the facility where our youth will care for them and get them ready for adoption. The TAPS Program, sponsored by The Pixel Fund, gives our youth pet therapy while in turn providing a home for these puppies that would have otherwise been committed to the pound. 

JJDO IIs Caitlinmae Jed, Tawny Mangiaracina, Ashley Rogers and Danielle Herring from the Bay RJDC established a very crafty activity last week for our female youth in the facility. These officers helped our girls decorate their mod and other parts of the facility with these cute Halloween decorations. The goal will be to continue the decoration through Thanksgiving and Christmas as well as making cards and easy non-cook recipes they can use at home. 

Each week the Volusia JDC rewards its stellar students who are excelling in the classroom. This week, those students who exceeded expectations in school took a trip to the “candy store.” Each student received a paper bag which they were able to fill with treats that they could enjoy over the weekend. Pictured here with the girls group is Volusia Superintendent Paul Finn and JDO Andrea Akins

Our youth from the Southwest RJDC are helping in our normalization initiative. Recently, these young men began painting their rooms and hallways with an eye on positive affirmation. The photo to your left shows these youth working on their current project; it is a picture of the earth with the quote, “Be the change you want to see in the world.” These kids greatly enjoyed making our facility a nicer and softer place to stay and work.

Prevention Update

The girls from the PACE Center in Manatee County conducted a bi-monthly community service project at Robert H. Prine Elementary School and the Summerfield Retirement Community. Allowing PACE girls to experience the value of giving back to their community is important at PACE.  Twice a month, girls at PACE Manatee visit two local community partners.  The 2nd grade class at Prine Elementary School count on the local PACE girls to serve as reading buddies and to help with literacy projects.  The female residents at Summerfield Retirement look forward to having the PACE girls paint their fingernails.  Both of these projects allow the PACE girls to have positive interactions in the community and develop important life skills.

The Florida Institute of Community Studies (FICS) Prodigy Program took part in the Carl Hiaasen Young Writers’ Workshop on September 20 at the John F. Germany Library in Tampa. The Carl Hiaasen workshop offered FICS/Prodigy youth an opportunity to learn about finding a voice through cultural arts. Like music, visual arts, and dance, youth engaged in writing as a creative process.  Hiaasen, the award-winning Florida author, discussed his discoveries, struggles, and development as a young writer. Inspired by their summer 2014 participation in the Reading with the Rays Program, the Hiaasen workshop, and their new books, FICS/Prodigy youth have started to organize and check out books from their very own small library at FICS! Actively incorporating Hiaasen’s ideas on the creative process into Prodigy programming this fall, Prodigy staff hope their youths’ passion for the cultural arts will continue to grow! Prodigy is a DJJ Prevention provider.

Last Tuesday, DJJ Faith Coordinator Craig Swain spoke at a meeting of the Council on the Social Status of Black Men and Boys in Orlando. Craig spoke with the Council members to inform them of ongoing faith initiatives by the Department of Juvenile Justice and to solicit more community support.

Last Tuesday, Statewide DMC Coordinator Josh Kuch and SAG member Cheryl Massaro conducted a workshop entitled RED, White and You: Reducing Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) at the Local Level during the National Faith Symposium in Orlando. Minority overrepresentation in Florida’s juvenile justice system is an issue at every point of contact from arrest, to transfer, and to adult court. While DJJ is engaged in a number of statewide initiatives, there is much that can be done at the local level to reduce Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED).

DJJ’s Faith Partners attended a chaplaincy basic training last Wednesday in Orlando. Faith partners also conducted a network panel discussion. The purpose of the training and panel was to educate members of the faith community to actively participate in the department’s prevention and intervention efforts. This training gave members of the faith community information needed to assist in preventing youth from entering the DJJ system and prevent youth from going deeper into the juvenile justice system. 

Probation Update

Last week, SJPO Toni Lesher and Reform Specialist Lut Clarcq from Circuit 20 participated in the Spend a Day in a Wheelchair event which was hosted by the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) at the Public Library in downtown Fort Myers. The ADA holds this event each October which is recognized as national ADA month. This event allows participants to directly experience what those who are disabled go through by spending an entire day working in a wheelchair. Toni and Lut represented the Department by promoting the agency’s reform efforts and prevention through Civil Citation. 

Probation Staff in Circuit 8 held their quarterly staff meeting recently at the Camp Blanding Challenge Program near Starke. The staff and youth working in the Challenge program provided a tour and presentation for all staff. Our officers received training on program entry and operations. During the meeting, Circuit 8 awarded JPO Valerie Tyson and Ashley Baird Employees of the Quarter for the second and third quarters respectively. 

Director of Policy and Programming Jeanie Becker-Powell and Statewide Transition Coordinator Sanshell Bussey presented on the latest initiatives in reentry last week at the 2014 National Faith Symposium in Orlando. During the presentation, Jeanie and Sanshell spoke with the faith-based community about how they can build successful outcomes with juvenile offenders transitioning back into their communities. 

Last Tuesday, Jeannie and Statewide Reform Coordinator Kara Ahearn met with Central Regional Director Cathy Lake, CPO Jill Wells, and ACPO Johnny Alderman from Circuit 9 along with various members of the Orlando community to discuss the Georgetown Capstone Project. The group discussed the possibility of introducing a new SNAP (Stop Now and Plan) group for at-risk youth in Orange County. DJJ would like to thank Wrap around Orange, Orange County law enforcement, the State Attorney and Public Defender’s offices and the Department of Children and Families for their attendance and participation. 

Pictured left to right:  Alderman, Becker-Powell, Ahearn, Wells, and Lake 

Last Monday, SJPO Sharronah Scott and JPO Jill Gould from Probation and Residential Commitment Manager Traci Pullman attended a services showcase at the Pinellas Technical College in St. Petersburg. This event, which was hosted by the Pinellas Ex-Offender Re-Entry Coalition, had over 57 social service agencies in attendance for over 500 ex-offenders and their families. St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman was on hand as he introduced the “City of Opportunity” initiative related to fair hiring practices and a minimum wage for city employees. 

Pictured left to right:  Sharronah Scott, Traci Pullman, Darryl Ervin Rouson, Florida House of Representatives and Jill Gould