Department of Juvenile Justice
Florida’s long-running conflict between the state and counties over how to share juvenile-detention costs is flaring again — and a powerful lawmaker is unhappy about what is happening.
Children’s advocates say they’re “cautiously optimistic” about Gov. Rick Scott’s budget recommendations for the coming spending year, which contain relatively few cuts to programs that serve Florida’s children.
As he gets ready to start a second term, Gov. Rick Scott will have to choose leaders for the Florida Department of Children and Families and the Department of Juvenile Justice.
Lawmakers and those charged with improving Florida’s child welfare system await as a state institute prepares it’s first report on the troubled sector for Florida Governor Rick Scott and the Legislature.
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.