Last week, we rolled out the Juvenile Justice System Improvement Project (JJSIP) in Circuit 2. On Thursday, approximately 40 staff members from DJJ’s Office of Probation and Community Intervention, the Circuit 2 North (West) Regional Residential Services Office, the Bureau of Research and Data, the Bureau of Contract Management, and the Office of Staff Development gathered together for a meeting to learn about JJSIP and its implementation. On Friday, City of Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum and I gave the opening remarks to more than 100 people at the JJSIP Stakeholders’ Meeting in the Leon County Commission Chambers.
I expressed my appreciation to all of our stakeholders for their continued support of the Department’s Roadmap to System Excellence, of which JJSIP is an integral component. It also was my honor to introduce Founder & Director of the Center for Juvenile Justice Reform at the Georgetown University’s McCourt School of Public Policy Shay Bilchik, J.D. Shay spoke to the stakeholders from a peer perspective, gave an overview of JJSIP from a national perspective, and shared the research foundations for the effectiveness of applying the principles and tools of JJSIP into everyday practice—especially in the judicial handling of a delinquency case.