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DJJ: New Juvenile Jail Policies Help

The outgoing head of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice says new policies aimed at reducing the rate of incarceration of teens -- which soon become state law -- are backed up by a new report.
As the News Service of Florida reports, the study by the the non-profit Youth Advocate Programs, Inc. says the deeper youths get into the justice system, the less likely it is they will be rehabilitated.
The report recommends community support over locking children up, practices championed by DJJ Secretary Wansley Walters, whose last day on the job is Monday, the News Service reports. 
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