On December 7, 2012, FAC, along with the Florida Sheriffs Association and the Department of Juvenile Justice convened a workgroup in Tallahassee to discuss the challenges of the current shared detention model and possible ways to improve it.  In addition to DJJ staff, subject matter experts from eleven counties were in attendance, as well as, representatives from the Governor’s office, the House and the Senate. 

The meeting was an all-day event led by Dr. Dan Vicker, a facilitator from The Florida Center for Public Management at Florida State University. The group agreed at the outset that the current status of detention cost share is unacceptable to everyone.  

Thereafter the group was separated into the three representative groups ( FAC, FSA and DJJ) and asked to identify the problems that need to be addressed  from their perspectives. All the participants were then divided into mixed groups and asked to brainstorm alternatives and changes they wanted built into the solution.  Finally the mixed groups were then asked to identify how to operationalize the recommended solutions. 

A lot of very good ideas came out of the meeting as did a better sense of community and understanding by the participants.  All agreed that they were committed to trying to find a workable solution for everyone and that the group should convene again.  Future timelines and meeting dates will be sent out as soon as possible.  A copy of the report from the workgroup meeting is available on our website.

For more information or questions, please contact FAC Public Safety Advocate Lisa Hurley.