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Morris Copeland - Director

Juvenile Services

Morris Copeland was appointed Director of the Miami-Dade County Juvenile Services Department (JSD), formerly known as the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC), in January, 2011. 

In that capacity, he provides leadership to a department whose mission it is to service arrested juveniles, those at-risk of being arrested, and their families. Since opening in 1997, the JAC facility has processed over 170,000 juveniles in Miami-Dade County, and the JSD has been repeatedly recognized for its "front end" approach to juvenile justice.  

Mr. Copeland brings over 22 years of experience to his current position, including serving as the Deputy Director of JSD since 2007. A former Juvenile Probation Officer and Supervisor with the State of Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, he is an esteemed expert who has helped enhance JSD's standing as a nationally and internationally recognized model of juvenile justice reform. 

The JSD model was highlighted in May 2008 at a summit hosted by the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) and the U.S. Department of Justice: Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP).

Mr. Copeland's work within the juvenile justice continuum has afforded him the privilege of participating on numerous boards and committees throughout Miami-Dade County and the State of Florida. 

Among other commitments, he is a member of the Miami-Dade County Youth Crime Task Force and the Circuit 11 Juvenile Justice Board.  Mr. Copeland was part the original steering committee for the Miami Children's Initiative (MCI), serving as Chair of the Community Safety Subcommittee. He currently sits as an elected member of the MCI Board of Directors. 

A native of Miami-Dade County and a graduate of the University of Colorado, Mr. Copeland has received numerous awards and recognitions for his outstanding service in the juvenile justice field and the community. 

He is a proud member of Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Inc., who is dedicated to improving the lives of children.

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