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Department of Juvenile Justice

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

Scott Signs DJJ Overhaul Reflecting New Approach

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.

06/17/2014

Florida Money

Cabinet Considers Land Sales To Help Fund Florida Forever

State is getting closer to its Florida Forever fundraising goal for the upcoming budget year, though environmentalists say the amount is not enough.

06/12/2014

Florida Capitol Complex (Source: dms.myflorida.com)

State-County Dispute Over Juvenile Detention Costs Simmering Again

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.

05/13/2014

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

Juvenile Justice, Foster Care Issues Gain In 2014 Session

The 2014 legislative session saw major gains for juvenile justice issues in Florida while also seeking to bolster the independence of foster children.

05/12/2014

State Capitol (Source: David Sutta/CBS4)

Big Session Ahead For Juvenile Justice Legislation

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.

02/27/2014

(Source: The Miami Herald)

Florida’s DJJ Secretary Meets With Protesters In Capitol

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.

07/23/2013

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Workers At Facility For Troubled Youth Accused Of Sexual Misconduct

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.

CBS Miami–07/02/2013

(Source: AP)

State Unveils Plans To Prevent Abuse At Fla. Detention Centers

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.

CBS4–01/18/2013

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Residents Meet To Address Real-Life “Dennis The Menace”

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.

CBS4–12/20/2012

Gov.-elect Rick Scott speaks at a breakfast before his inauguration.  (Source: CBS)

Random Drug Tests For State Workers Ordered By Gov. Scott

State workers will now have to submit to random drug testing under a new executive order signed by Governor Rick Scott on Wednesday.

CBS4–03/23/2011

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