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After Miami Herald series on abuses, Florida juvenile justice offers a reform

MiamiHerald / Florida juvenile justice administrators announced Thursday that they will appoint an in-house ombudsman, reporting directly to the agency’s secretary, to “amplify” the voice of youths in state custody and their families.

The ombudsman will lead what is being called the Office of Youth and Family Advocacy, a unit that will be housed within the office of Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Christina K. Daly. Although no one has been appointed to the post yet, Daly told the Miami Herald Thursday she had “a couple of people in mind.”

Daly said that, while her agency had initiated a series of reforms over the last half decade, “we struggled with family engagement. We want families and kids to feel like this system is one that will advocate for them.”

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