Department of Juvenile Justice
Gov. Rick Scott on Tuesday signed a bill rewriting laws that govern the state Department of Juvenile Justice, reinforcing an emphasis on prevention, intervention and the rehabilitation of youthful offenders.
State is getting closer to its Florida Forever fundraising goal for the upcoming budget year, though environmentalists say the amount is not enough.
Both sides are unhappy that the Legislature failed to come up with a plan for dividing the costs of detaining young offenders between the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice and county governments.
The 2014 legislative session saw major gains for juvenile justice issues in Florida while also seeking to bolster the independence of foster children.
The Legislature is expected to take up major changes to Florida’s juvenile-justice system during the 2014 session, looking to put more emphasis on prevention and rehabilitation for youthful offenders.
About a week after student protesters have situated themselves in a hallway at the state Capitol, Governor Scott, after listening to the protesters last Thursday, asked Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters to meet with the activists Monday.
A sexual misconduct investigation is underway at a Fort Lauderdale program for juvenile offenders after one female worker and an intern were accused of having inappropriate relationships with members of the program.
After an incident in December involving a 15-year-old girl, state officials announced plans Friday children from being abused behind the walls of Florida’s juvenile detention centers.
A real-life Dennis The Menace has been terrorizing Lake Aire Estates homeowners for weeks, and residents are rallying to rout the 14-year-old’s crime spree.
State workers will now have to submit to random drug testing under a new executive order signed by Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday.