Department of Juvenile Justice

Two 13-year-olds and a 16-year-old sued the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice on Thursday, alleging their health and well-being were put in danger when the state placed them in solitary confinement.

Stephanie Colombini / WUSF Public Media

Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd is never at a loss for words or opinions on criminal behavior. He has recently played a major role in the response to the school shooting in Parkland.

This week on Florida Matters, we talk with Sheriff Judd as part of our ongoing “Newsmaker” series.

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Florida is one of only three states that allows prosecutors to have the only say if a juvenile suspect is tried as an adult.

The head of Florida’s juvenile justice system says a Miami Herald investigation detailing abuses within detention facilities does not tell the full story.

Emory Jones just needs to look at his left arm for a reminder of what happened at Avon Park Youth Academy. There is a faint scar in the shape of a snake above his elbow from when an officer beat him.

A new report on how Florida handles young human trafficking victims is receiving mixed reviews.

Attorney General Pam Bondi and the head of Florida’s Juvenile Justice system are just some of the speakers at this year’s annual conference focusing on preventing crime in the black community.

What’s ahead legislatively for Florida prison and juvenile justice systems?

Revamped Juvenile Detention Costs Gets Senate OK

Feb 26, 2016
The Florida Channel

A Senate committee Thursday approved a plan aimed at ending years of legal battles between the state and counties about juvenile-detention costs. Lobbyists for numerous counties indicated support for the plan (SB 1322) before it was approved by the Senate Appropriations Committee.

The newly appointed head of Florida’s juvenile justice system breezed through her recent initial confirmation hearing in the Senate.

DJJ Cancels Contract with Controversial Provider

Aug 26, 2014
Florida Department of Juvenile Justice

The Florida Department of Juvenile Justice has canceled a contract with a controversial operator of a 40-bed residential facility in Santa Rosa County, with potentially far-reaching implications for the way the state rehabilitates juvenile offenders.

Study: Locking Up Juveniles Makes Them More Likely Adult Criminals

Jun 27, 2014

A new report by a youth advocacy group argues against the widespread U.S. practice of locking up teen offenders --- a practice that has been on the decline in Florida under the state's outgoing juvenile justice chief.

Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters, whose last day on the job is Monday, said "Safely Home," a study by the non-profit Youth Advocate Programs, Inc., is consistent with developments at DJJ during her three-and-a-half-year tenure.