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The Juvenile Justice Forum

The Juvenile Justice Forum Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust’s Teen Court Youth Action Committee in partnership with Miami-Dade County’s Juvenile Services Department hosted The Juvenile Justice Forum on May, 6th at the Main Library.  Florida Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters and newly appointed Miami-Dade Police Department Director J.D. Patterson, Jr. spoke on the state of juvenile violence.

Each community is different and when it comes to addressing juvenile crime. We must approach each community individually and engage with the people who best understand the community’s needs.” Also, Secretary Walters expressed, “It was a pleasure to join Director Patterson at The Juvenile Justice Forum, and to update the audience on the Florida Department Juvenile Justice initiatives. Most of all, I enjoyed listening to the feedback and want to thank those who took the time to share their thoughts.  I appreciate their feedback and I look forward to continuing the dialogue.”

The free Forum provided updates on current juvenile justice legislation and their impacts on local communities.  Teens were able to ask questions and have an open dialogue with Secretary Walters and J.D. Patterson.  Both teens and adults were captivated by the discussions.  One of the outcomes from the Forum is that professionals will be matched with youth to learn about their careers and in turn expose them to various career options.

J.D. Patterson stated, “It was an honor to speak with the youth and hear their concerns from the standpoint of improving juvenile justice and building mutually beneficial relations inside and outside of the organizations.”

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