Posts

DeSantis Names Former Judge to Head Department of Juvenile Justice

Gov.-elect Ron DeSantis has tapped Simone Marstiller, a former judge, state agency head and lobbyist, to lead the Department of Juvenile Justice — arguably one of the state’s most troubled agencies in the past. The department has had…
, , ,

After 15 Years, Grand Jury Finds Same Culture of Deadly Cruelty at Miami Juvenile Facilities - The Miami Herald

Omar Paisley, 17, died in juvenile detention from a burst appendix. Elord Revolte, also 17, died in juvenile detention, too — from internal bleeding. What really killed them, however, was the entrenched neglect and cruelty of Florida’s juvenile…
, ,

Florida Juvenile Justice Leader Christina Daly Leaving - The Crime Report

Christina Daly, the Florida agency head hailed by Gov. Rick Scott as “a national leader in reform of a comprehensive juvenile justice system,” is stepping down, the Miami Herald reports. Daly oversaw the state Department of Juvenile Justice…
, ,

As Staffer Laughed, Boy was Sexually Assaulted at Florida Juvenile Program, Deputies Say - The Miami Herald

The Walton Academy for Growth and Change is supposed to provide a “secure residential treatment program for males, ages 13 to 18,” according to law enforcement in the Florida Panhandle town. But the DeFuniak Springs facility, which is…
, , , , ,

Abuse, Lies, Videotape: A Star Employee at Miami’s Juvenile Lockup Confesses to Misconduct - The Miami Herald

A detention officer at the Miami-Dade Regional Detention Center has been fired for admitting to falsifying records during polygraph testing. Read more.
, , ,

DJJ Proposes Stronger Consequences for Teens Who Steal Cars - The Tampa Bay Times

In response to an "epidemic" of grand theft auto committed by juveniles, the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) has proposed sweeping changes that would enforce stronger sentences. Read more.
,

That ‘Surprise’ Visit to Broward Juvenile Lockup? Lawmakers Think Staff Was Tipped Off - The Miami Herald

In response to The Miami Herald's investigation into the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's (DJJ) widespread system of abuse, state legislators sough to make a surprise visit to the Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Read m…