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Secretary's Messages


  • Congratulations to Rand Smith and Sharon Arnold for being recognized as the Information Technology (IT) Employees of the Month for May 2017.
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  • The Orange RJDC welcomed Operations Assistant Division Manager Tiffany Hiatt from theJuvenile Division of the Orange County Clerk of Courts to the facility on June 7 who gave our officers an in-depth training.
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  • Last week I had the honor of providing opening remarks at the National Conference on Preventing Crime in the Black Community in Orlando.
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  • Last week, I along with Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann, members of the leadership team and DJJ staff participated in the Reform Specialist and Chief Probation Officer Summit in Ocala.
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  • On Wednesday Deputy Secretary Tim Niermann and I met with the current juvenile probation officer (JPO) class at the Florida Public Safety Institute in Midway.
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  • Last week, I attended the Juvenile Justice Leadership Network’s bi-annual meeting at the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform in Washington, D.C.
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  • Last week in Port St. Lucie, DJJ completed its roll out in Circuit 19 of the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) by initiating the case studies review process at the St. Lucie County Health Department.
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  • Director of Education Julie Orange and Northeast Education Specialist Renette Crosby served as judges during the inaugural Pinewood Car Challenge between the Marion Youth Academy and Challenge Youth Academy.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Week! This month, we’ve brought you stories that recognize the exceptional volunteer work of our staff and DJJ volunteers and we’re excited to close out the month recognizing National Volunteer Week.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Month! We are excited to recognize April as National Volunteer Month along with the designation of April 23-29 as Volunteer Week.
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  • Happy National Volunteer Month! We are excited to recognize April as National Volunteer Month along with the designation of April 23-29 as Volunteer Week.
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  • On Tuesday afternoon, I was honored to join my fellow Florida Children and Youth Cabinet members along with policy makers, business leaders, and child advocates from around the state to participate in the Children’s Week press conference on the steps of Florida’s Historic Capitol.
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  • Last Wednesday, I was honored to join stakeholders and PACE girls from around the state for the annual PACE Center for Girls Day at the Florida Capitol.
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  • Last Wednesday marked one of my favorite events in the calendar year as DJJ along with the Florida Juvenile Justice Foundation (FJJF), the Florida Juvenile Justice Association (FJJA), and our partners recognized the 2017 DJJ Youth Ambassadors during a reception at Florida’s Historic Capitol.
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  • Last Tuesday, the Florida Legislature convened the 2017 Legislative Session, the 119th Regular Session since Florida’s statehood in 1845. We look forward to a productive session and will work to educate and inform the state’s policy makers of our good work and the potential impacts of proposed legislation.
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  • Secretary Daly along with Chief Probation Officer David Kerr and Assistant Chief Probation Officer Dan Merrithew met with newly elected Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood in Port Orange this past week.
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  • Best wishes to Assistant General Counsel Bill Nelson (pictured center) on his recent retirement from DJJ. Bill began his career with the Department back in October of 1995 and has served with great distinction.
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  • Last Thursday and Friday, DJJ Director of Research and Data Integrity Mark Greenwald and I attended a meeting of the Steering Committee of Family and Children in the Court (FCC) in Orlando. Together we made a presentation on crossover youth, which are youth that are served by both the juvenile justice system and the dependency system.
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  • On Tuesday, I had the opportunity to be a guest speaker at the Junior League of Florida’s State Public Affairs Committee meeting in Tallahassee.
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  • The end of January and the beginning of February have been busy times for those involved in the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP).
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