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After Abuse at Girls’ Lock-Up, Promises of More Oversight from Florida’s Juvenile Justice

| January 19, 2013

In the wake of allegations of abuse by staffers at a girls’ lockup in Milton, the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice is tightening its oversight of private residential facilities – adding interviews with youths and a partnership with the non-profit Annie E. Casey Foundation to its monitoring procedures.

Abuse of Girls at Milton Detention Facility Exposes Flaws in Florida’s Juvenile Justice

| December 18, 2012

The Florida juvenile prison for girls got a 100 percent satisfactory rating from the state a year ago, though two staffers have been accused of abusing girls there, and one was caught on video.

Five Questions for Wansley Walters, Head of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice

| May 31, 2012

Before becoming secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, Wansley Walters directed the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department, considered a national model for saving money while reducing the juvenile arrest rate. She’s the first woman to lead DJJ.

Florida’s Juvenile Justice Eliminating 1,200 Jobs and Closing 3 Youth Prisons

| May 31, 2011

The budget Gov. Rick Scott signed into law last week reduces juvenile justice’s budget 11 percent, and eliminates 700 jobs in addition to 500 vacant positions that will be abolished. The Legislature singled out youth prisons for closure.


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