Despite Mandate, Few Sex Traffickers Go To PrisonLaws intended to encourage police to target pimps rather than prostitutes aren’t being used in Florida
Snacks For Attacks, Part 2: Detention Center Beatings Leave Kids Feeling UnsafeIn 2005, following the death of 17-year-old Omar Paisley, Dale Dobuler took over as superintendent of the Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center. The detention center was under intense scrutiny because of the teen’s death. For days Paisley had writhed in pain, suffering from a bout of appendicitis. The guards and nurses, however, ignored his pleas for help and Paisley ultimately died from a ruptured appendix.
Snacks For Attacks, Part 1: Inside A Dysfunctional Dade Juvie Detention CenterThe Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center, made infamous 10 years ago when guards and nurses allowed a teenage boy to suffer a painful and preventable death from appendicitis, is facing a new scandal after another 17 year old died because he failed to receive the proper medical attention after being beaten by as many as twenty kids.
Scott Signs Executive Order Tracking Mental Health ServicesAs the state Department of Children and Families convened its annual child-protection summit Wednesday, Gov. Rick Scott signed an executive order aimed at better coordinating mental health services --- something DCF Secretary Mike Carroll said will help his agency provide improved care for children.
Study Prompts Call To Expand Juvenile Diversion ProgramsA newly released study has bolstered a call to expand diversion programs for juvenile offenders in Florida.
House, Senate Agree On Solution To Juvenile-Detention DisputeHouse and Senate budget writers have agreed on a potential solution to a long-running dispute between the state and counties about who pays to lock up juvenile offenders.
Negron Zeros In On Dispute Over Juvenile Detention CostsFlorida'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.
Advocates: State Should Spend More On Children In Surplus YearChildren'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.
Scott Urged To Make Interim Secretaries Permanent At DCF, DJJAs 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.
Child Welfare System Looks To Institute To Help 'Steer A Course'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.
Scott Signs DJJ Overhaul Reflecting New ApproachGov. 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.
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.
State-County Dispute Over Juvenile Detention Costs Simmering AgainBoth 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.
Juvenile Justice, Foster Care Issues Gain In 2014 SessionThe 2014 legislative session saw major gains for juvenile justice issues in Florida while also seeking to bolster the independence of foster children.
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.