Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Putting Florida ...
State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) Putting Putting Floridas Floridas Families Families First First by by Transforming Transforming Florida
Florida into into aa National National Model Model for for Juvenile Juvenile Justice Justice through through Engagement Engagement & & Outreach
Outreach Presented Presented by by Verla Verla Lawson-Grady, Lawson-Grady, Community Community Engagement Engagement Coordinator Coordinator Statewide
Statewide COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT & OUTREACH DJJ Manages more than 120,000 juvenile delinquency cases each year. On any given day, DJJ has more than 5,000 children in secure custody. DJJ launched a statewide reform effort in 2011.
Putting Florida's families first Objective: Manage resources by meeting the needs of youth, families and communities. Community Engagement/Outreach Prevention met the challenge in 2011.
In conjunction with Managements Reform efforts, I developed Community Conversations. Youth Law Enforcement Focus Groups, currently known as GAAP (Gaining Appreciation by Adjusting Perspectives) discussions Statewide. COMMUNITY OUTREACH AND ENGAGEMENT Community Conversations began in May 2013.
Purpose: Meet with communities on a more grassroots level, collaborate and build stronger partnerships with stakeholders and providers. Out reach & engagement Prevention has hosted Community Conversations statewide in over 60 Counties
and 18 Circuits. To date approximately 4,000 youth and families have attended and participated. Outreach & engagement Priorities Address overrepresentation of minority youth. Promote Civil Citation
Strengthen relationships between youth and law enforcement Strengthen community partnerships Fund programs that are needed and have measureable results OUR goals Prevent and divert youth from entering the juvenile justice system.
Provide appropriate less restrictive, community based sanctions and service. goals (continued) Reserve serious
sanctions for youth who post the greatest risk to public safety. Focus on rehabilitation. How do we accomplish our goals? Implement new philosophies, (i.e., Roadmap to System Excellence)
The Roadmap to Systems Excellence details specific strategies to aid Florida's families, explain how resources will be shifted. Roadmap to system excellence Prevent and divert more youth from entering the Juvenile Justice System through Engagement and Outreach
Outreach & engagement Prevention is the First component on the continuum of services. Saves money and decreases the chance of system involvement Focus on youth at risk for arrest and community needs. Risk factors Protective factors
Behavior Develop alternatives to incarceration? HOW? Utilize effective prevention services and assessment tool's. Identify and implement alternatives to secured detention. Shift residential resources to community-based interventions.
What Type prevention programs are currently implemented in Florida? Prevention Programs Children In Need of Services / Families In Need of Services (CINS/FINS) Outward Bound School Wilderness expeditions and follow up.
Runaway and troubled youth ages 10 to 17 and their families. Non-residential counseling, case plans, case management services, adjudication services, CINS Petition Process, staff secure services, physically secure services and case termination. PACE CENTER FOR GIRLS
Where the Future Shines and the Past Fades. Small classes where your teacher cares about you, knows your name and understands how girls learn. You will be able to speak up without being judged. Practical Academic Cultural Education Center for Girls, Inc. (PACE)
Non-residential services for girls ages 12 to 17. Comprehensive and holistic model that integrates social services, education and career readiness. Prevention Services Provide prevention and diversion programs statewide. Programs funded through either contract or competitive grants Programs include contracts for Children and Families in Need of
Services and Female Diversion Programs include Federal Grants for: Staying in school/After School Job training Parenting Skills Living violence free Tutoring/Mentoring Programs that provide services to neighborhoods with the highest number of juvenile referrals Programs which target high risk youths
ELEMENTS OF REFORM By shifting our focus and our investments to the front end of the system, we will save not only money, but also lives. Outreach and
engagement Through Community Engagement/ Outreach and Community Partnerships we save lives. Engagement & outreach
Target high risk juveniles Provide early interventions Promote Use of Civil
Citation PREVENTION engagement & outreach While delinquency cases in Florida have been declining for the past several years, those numbers are still far too high.
Outreach & Engagement with the Faith Community One major initiative to improve Community Outreach & Engagement is to involve the Faith Community. The Faith partners provide programs and services to youth and their families. Work with youth and their families during times of family crisis.
DJJs VISION &Prevention Services DJJ plans to shift residential resources to community-based interventions. Realign existing resources to increase the availability of transitional services. DJJS VISION/PREVENTION Such as services for vocational programming
Employment Education Family support Transitional housing and transportation. Community engagement & outreach Work with juvenile justice stakeholders to increase community-based prevention & diversion services available to at-risk-youth. Promote Civil Citation.
Strive to keep youth out of the deeper end of the juvenile justice system while not compromising public safety. our vision Use data to measure the effectiveness and outcomes of services. Ensure appropriate utilization of residential beds and redesign existing resources. Shift residential resources to prevention and community-based interventions.
Prevention priorities Reduce disproportionate minority contact (DMC). Fund programs that work, and have measurable results. Strengthen partnerships with community stakeholders. THANK YOU! [email protected]
Contact number (850) 717-2423 BREAK k r o w t e
N h t i Fa Craig Swain Faith Network Coordinator What is the Faith Network? The Faith Network is a combination of individuals, ministries, organizations, and
congregations from all faiths who are working collectively in each judicial circuit to help prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency across the State of Florida, by providing direct services and advocating for youth. What is the Faith Networks Mission? The mission of the Faith and Community Network is to provide a full range of programs and services to prevent and
reduce juvenile delinquency through partnerships with faith and communitybased organizations. Commitment F.S. 985.17 1(a) : The department shall engage faith and community-based organizations to provide a full range of voluntary programs and services to prevent and reduce juvenile delinquency, including, but not limited to, chaplaincy services, crisis intervention counseling, mentoring, and
tutoring. Church & State relationship Free Exercise Clause: Prevent government from interfering with or attempting to hinder or regulate any citizens religious beliefs.
Establishment Clause: Prevent government from setting up church and passing laws that aid one religion Services Worship Services Life Skills Religious Book
Study Pastoral Care/Counseling Faith-based life skills Mentoring Transitional Services Tutoring Professional
Development Gender Specific Engaging the Faith Community
Circuit Advisory Boards Faith Network Conference Calls Community Conversations Circuit Faith Network Meetings Circuit Faith Forums National Faith Symposiums The Faith Network Faith Network Basic Training Faith volunteers in every circuit
Faith volunteers providing service at every stage of our continuum More than 600 people participated in the 2014 National Faith Symposium Faith Network Activities Circuit 2 Faith Network Basic Training
Faith Network Activities Circuit 12 Faith forum Circuit 6 Faith Forum Educating & Advocacy
Civil Citation DMC/RED Human Trafficking Direct File For More information Visit www.djj.state.fl.us Partners, Providers & Staff Faith Community Network
Craig Swain (850) 717-2442 [email protected] Faith Network Coordinator Florida Department of Juvenile Justice RED RACIAL AND ETHNIC DISPARITIES IN THE JUVENILE JUSTICE SYSTEM
Terminology Racial and Ethnic Disparities (RED) According to the Burns Institute website Racial and ethnic disparity (RED) refers to unequal treatment of youth of color in the juvenile justice system. RED results in disparate outcomes for similarly situated youth What Causes Overrepresentation?
Differential Treatment Harsher, More Likely Punishment Policing Patterns Stricter Probation Conditions Institutional Bias Biased assessment tools; disparities in sentencing (5 years for 10 grams of crack OR 100 grams of powder cocaine) Personal Bias Implicit Bias vs Explicit Racism
Decision points Each point of contact includes decisions and processes that may introduce or worsen disparity: Arrest More officers in minority neighborhoods = more arrests from minority neighborhoods Detention Risk Assessment Instruments that are unintentionally biased Detention holds for FTAs/VOPs/VCOs
Diversion Historically offered more for white youth (not true of Civil Citation) Probation Stricter conditions may make violations more likely So Where Do We Start? According to the Center for Childrens Law and Policy RED Practice Manual, work to reduce RED must be informed by the following principles:
All youth should be treated fairly and as individuals Adolescents do not have the maturity and judgement of adults Incarceration should be reserved for youth who represent a significant danger to the community Reform efforts should include families and communities Reform efforts should be culturally responsive and linguistically competent Sentencing Incarceration should be reserved for youth who represent a significant danger to the
community Florida Civil Citation Initiative Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Reform efforts This is where you come in! You know your communities and the relevant stakeholders better than we do Circuit Advisory Board engagement and education Strategic Planning
Current Initiatives Training and Technical Assistance to Circuit Advisory Boards RED/DMC Law Enforcement Officers Ft. Lauderdale and Orange County Training, Data Analysis, Youth Focus Groups Law Enforcement Curriculum and Training Addresses many of the key principles
discussed above Has been implemented in 9 different agencies with trainings scheduled or pending with 15 additional agencies and 2 regional public safety institutes Overview of Circuit Advisory Boards Objectives Maximize communication between DJJ
and the community, juvenile justice advocates, and legislature Assist DJJ in developing community understanding and awareness on DJJ focus areas Assist DJJ in ensuring that juvenile justice programs are developed and implemented. 2 Circuit Advisory Boards
F.S. 985.664: authorizes that: a juvenile justice circuit advisory board is to be established in each of the 20 judicial circuits. The purpose of each juvenile justice circuit advisory board is to provide advice and direction to the department in the development and implementation of juvenile justice programs and to work collaboratively with the department in seeking program improvements and policy changes to address the emerging and changing needs of Floridas youth who are at risk of delinquency.
54 Why Are Circuit Advisory Boards Important? They provide important resources that help fulfill the departments mission: To increase public safety by reducing juvenile delinquency through effective prevention, intervention and treatment services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of troubled youth.
55 Why Are Circuit Advisory Boards Important? Resources such as: Time Energy Expertise Credibility Status or influence
What are the duties of the Circuit Advisory Boards? Developing and submitting to DJJ a comprehensive plan for the circuit every three years; Participating in the facilitation of interagency cooperation and information sharing; 57
What are the duties of the Circuit Advisory Boards? Providing recommendations for public or private grants to be administered by a community partner that support the comprehensive plan; Providing recommendations to DJJ in the evaluation of prevention and early intervention grant programs; and Providing an annual report to DJJ by August 1 of each year describing the circuit advisory boards activities.
Circuit Advisory Boards Representation The Circuit Advisory Board must have a minimum of 16 members that reflect the circuits geography and population distribution and diversity. The following members are required to be on the advisory board, do not have any term limitations, and do not require approval of the Secretary of DJJ: 59
Circuit Advisory Boards Representation State attorney or designee; Public defender or designee; Chief judge or designee; Sheriff or designee from each county in the circuit; Police chief or designee from each county in the circuit; County commissioner or designee from each county in the circuit; and Superintendent or designee of each school district in the circuit.
60 Boards Representation (continued) The following members are required to be on the advisory board, but must be approved by the Secretary of DJJ before serving and are limited to three consecutive two-year terms: Representatives from the: Department of Children and Families; Workforce organization of each county in the circuit;
Business community; Faith community; A youth representative who has experience with the juvenile justice system and is not older than 21 years of age; A health services representative who specializes in mental health care, victim service programs, or victims of crimes; A parent or family member of a youth who has been involved with the juvenile justice system; and Up to five representatives chosen from community leaders and youth-serving coalitions. 61
Committees There shall be the following standing committees of the Board, which shall be perpetual in duration, and which shall have the following functions: Grant Committee - shall make recommendations on prevention grants to the DJJ; Legislative Committee - shall develop the Boards Legislative Platform consistent with Board and DJJs priorities, and develop strategies for advocating with the Legislature on priorities; Disproportionate Minority Contact Committee - shall develop and support strategies that reduce the number of minority youth who have contact with the juvenile justice system.
Faith Community Network Committee shall engage representatives of the faith community in addressing juvenile issues; and Planning Committee shall develop and implement planning for events that will be carried out by the Board, i.e. Juvenile Justice Week. Nominations and Membership Committee To nominate new officers and to recruit new members. Sunshine Law Requires that any communication between two or more group members of a matter that could foreseeably come before the group may
take place only in a meeting in the Sunshine that is properly noticed and where minutes are taken. 63 Statutory Requirements: When applicable, the Sunshine Law requires: Meetings must be open to the public;
Reasonable notice provided including agenda where possible; and Minutes must be taken. Sample Advisory Board Activities/Initiatives
Recognition luncheons Juvenile Justice Week events Circuit Teen Summits Circuit Wide Conferences Community Forums Teen Centers 65 Circuit Advisory Boards
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