Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida Channel

Helping young human trafficking victims and making sure juveniles get the help they need are among the legislative goals of two state agencies that deal with children.

Florida Channel

The head of Florida’s juvenile justice system encountered some friction, during her initial Senate confirmation hearing.

Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles' website

The head of the Florida Department of Highway Safety and Motor Vehicles outlined some of her priorities, ahead of the 2016 legislative session.

myfloridalegal.com

Florida officials are gearing up for the annual Human Trafficking summit.

Florida Channel

The head of Florida’s juvenile justice agency is hailing the expansion of a new tool to help in the state’s anti-human trafficking efforts.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott signed more than 40 bills into law Thursday. It includes a measure expanding Florida’s civil citation program.

Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

An ongoing feud between the Department of Juvenile Justice and several Florida counties has been raging for years, but a Judge’s ruling on the issue is giving the counties’ side hope for a resolution.

MGN Online

Both chambers of the Florida Legislature laid out their criminal justice budgets Wednesday. The House and Senate spending plans are similar—driven by a goal of helping Florida’s troubled prison system.

DJJ's website

Governor Rick Scott has made another interim agency head permanent, after officially naming Christy Daly head of the Florida’s juvenile justice system Thursday.

Daly is no stranger to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice. She’s worked as a deputy Secretary under her predecessor, Wansley Walters, who stepped down in June.

She’s also been the chief of staff and legislative director for DJJ.

Sascha Cordner / WFSU-FM

Quincy Police Chief Walt McNeil’s last day is slated for Friday, after handing in his resignation letter over the Summer. While he may be weighing a bid for Leon County Sheriff, he may also be holding out for a return to head the state’s prison system.

Bay County 12-Year-Old Arrested For Stealing School Bus

Jun 24, 2014
school bus
City of Watsonville

Around 5:30 a.m. Tuesday a 12 year-old was arrested in Bay County.  The boy who authorities say stole a school bus is now facing charges. 

Just before daybreak the Sheriff's Office was notified that a juvenile had been seen driving a school bus near the Wal-Mart on Front Beach Road in Panama City.   

A deputy performed a traffic stop to find that indeed, a 12-year-old boy was driving the bus.  It was later discovered the school bus had been taken overnight in the city of Parker. 

MGN Online

Governor Rick Scott has signed close to 70 bills into law this week—most of them Friday. They include a slew of gun-related measures, a controversial voucher expansion bill, and a bill dealing with medical marijuana.

Charlotte's Web

Among the high profile bills the Governor has already signed includes a bill that would legalize a low strain of marijuana known as “Charlotte’s Web” to help treat seizures.

Florida Channel

Governor Rick Scott has approved a measure reforming Florida’s juvenile justice system. He signed the bill into law on the same day he bid farewell to the outgoing Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary and named her temporary replacement.

Before presenting her with a resolution during Tuesday’s Cabinet meeting, Scott said a few words about Wansley Walters, his state Department head of Juvenile Justice, who’s slated to end her role in a few weeks.

DJJ

An ongoing fight between Florida’s counties and the state Department of Juvenile Justice is expected to continue during a hearing next week, considering a new formula with which both sides will divvy up the cost of Florida’s juvenile detention centers.

Today, 38 counties are supposed to be responsible for paying about 32 percent of juvenile detention costs. That’s according to Florida Association of Counties Spokeswoman Craigin Mosteller.

MGN Online

In the last several days, a number of bills aimed at helping Florida’s criminal justice and juvenile justice systems have passed in either chamber of the state Legislature. They range from a measure to prevent inmate escapes to another that aims to revamp the juvenile justice system.

Bill Addressing Inmate Escapes

Making sure prison release orders are properly verified is the goal of bill authored by Sen. Greg Evers (R-Baker) in his capacity as chair of the Senate Criminal Justice Committee.

MGN Online

A bill aimed at making sure locked-up juveniles get the education tools they need is heading to the House floor, after it passed unanimously at its last committee stop in the House Education Committee Thursday.

Fernandina Beach Republican Representative Janet Adkins says on visits to Florida Department of Juvenile Justice detention facilities, she’s seen students many years behind where they should be academically.

myflorida.com

A bill aiming to reform Florida’s juvenile justice system recently won unanimous support during its first Senate hearing. But, some say the measure could still do more.

Fleming Island Republican Senator Rob Bradley’s bill aims to rewrite Florida law that governs juvenile justice to focus on ways to help the state’s delinquent kids. Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters says it’s the first time in more than a decade there’s been a revision, and she’s on board.

Indian River County Sheriffs Office

House lawmakers Wednesday attempted to square the state’s sex offender laws with the prospect of what to do with juveniles who break them.

Fourth Circuit Public Defender Rob Mason argued before the subcommittee that trying minors in the adult justice system only makes it more likely that they will re-offend. What’s more, he  claimed any children placed on sex offender registries become more likely, not less, to commit a similar crime again.

Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi has filed a petition that would allow authorities to exhume human remains on the site of the Dozier School for Boys at Marianna.
 
Bondi's office filed a petition Tuesday on behalf of the appointed medical examiner for the 14th District of Florida. The petition seeks a court order to exhume bodies from "Boot Hill Cemetery" and surrounding areas, where it is believed there may be unmarked graves and unaccounted bodies of boys who died between 1900 and 1952 at the school.

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