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Juvenile Justice Task Force

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Task force membership shall be comprised of representatives from the following organizations and agencies:
  • 13th Circuit Court
    • Marty Merrell, director of court programs
    • The Honorable Lisa Campbell
    • The Honorable Perry Little (retired)
  • Abe Brown Ministries - Robert Blount, president
  • BOCC - Kevin Beckner, commissioner
  • Clerk's Office - Lisa Pride, director of juvenile services 
  • Department of Children and Families - Nicholas B. Cox, SunCoast regional director
  • DJJ / ACTS / JAC
    • Steve Mullis, DJJ
    • Asha Terminello, ACTS / JAC
    • Jenniffer Czaja 
  • Hillsborough County School Board - April Griffin
  • Hillsborough County School District
    • Lewis Brinson, assistant superintendent for administration
    • David Friedberg, chief of security
  • Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office - Colonel James Previtera, commander of detention services 
  • NAACP - Carol Collins, president of Hillsborough County NAACP chapter
  • Pastors on Patrol
    • Dr. W. James Favorite, pastor
    • Clarence Nathan
  • Plant City Police Department - Captain Michael Floyd
  • Public Defender's Office - Cordel Batchelor, client and community liaison
  • State Attorney's Office - Patti Pieri, assistant state attorney, juvenile chief
  • Tampa Police Department
    • John Bennett, assistant chief of police
    • Corporal Samuel K. Rojka
  • Temple Terrace Police Department - Deputy Chief Patricia Powers

The Hillsborough County Juvenile Justice Task Force grew from an informal workgroup formed in February 2009 to address the disproportionate minority contact of juveniles with the criminal justice system.

To review and evaluate the structure and related services of Hillsborough County’s Juvenile Justice System. The task force will provide recommendations to the Board of County Commissioners (BOCC) and citizens as to how the structure and services could be improved and efficiencies created to better serve the youth and families of our community.

Guiding Principles
All recommendations made by the task force shall emphasize one or more of the following:
  1. Public Safety
    The safety of our youth and citizens shall remain the number one priority. The task force shall not make recommendations that could potentially jeopardize or diminish the safety of our youth or citizens.
  2. Accountability
    Our youth shall be held accountable for their actions.
  3. Affordability
    Recommendations shall focus on creating economic efficiencies and cost affordable alternatives.