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Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Response to COVID-19

March 23, 2020


DJJ Communications Office


(850) 921-5900

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice continues to closely monitor the impacts of Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) in Florida. We will always prioritize the wellbeing of youth in our custody and the staff who care for them, and we are taking all necessary precautions. The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has taken several actions to help protect our staff and youth. These actions include the following:

  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice’s Office of Health Services developed COVID-19 guidance for all facilities serving DJJ youth. This guidance included Center for Disease Control criteria on how to assess and care for youth who are exhibiting fever and respiratory symptoms and environmental cleaning and disinfection recommendations.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has modified screening protocols and procedures for youth taken into custody by law enforcement who are brought to juvenile assessment centers and detention screening units to now include precautionary coronavirus screening questions and protocols. This modified screening protocol was shared with law enforcement partners statewide.
  • The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has issued an emergency order that will suspend visitation at all state-operated juvenile detention centers and juvenile residential commitment programs until April 15, 2020 and then will evaluate the health and safety of resuming normal visitation protocols. DJJ has also instituted additional screening measures for outside vendors who work within juvenile facilities. Clinical personnel are still permitted to visit youth for treatment purposes, instructional personnel are permitted to provide educational services, and attorneys are permitted to conduct legal visits with youth.


As always, the best source of information on COVID-19 in Florida is the Florida Department of Health’s website at https://floridahealthcovid19.gov/. ###