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MEDIA CONTACT: Lisa Freed
561-297-3022, lfreed@fau.edu

FAU Criminal Justice Professor Named Chief Consultant to Blueprint Commission on Juvenile Justice Issues

BOCA RATON, FL (October 19, 2007) – Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Walter McNeil recently announced the appointment of Florida Atlantic University Professor Gordon Bazemore as chief consultant to the Blueprint Commission on juvenile justice issues. 

Bazemore, a professor and chair of the department of criminology and criminal justice at FAU, has 30 years experience in juvenile justice practice, research and training/technical assistance, and has directed research and action projects funded by the National Institute of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and other public and private agencies. He served as a consultant, researcher and trainer to the Florida Department of Health and Rehabilitative Services’ (HRS) initiative on juvenile pre-adjudicatory detention reform. As part of this initiative, Bazemore conducted research, prepared publications and made presentations on the impact of implementation of detention screening criteria and reforms on culture and climate in Broward and Dade county detention facilities. He is a former member and co-chair of the Florida Juvenile Justice Standards and Training Commission, and a founding member of the Florida Supreme Court work group on community and restorative justice.

“The Commission and Secretary McNeil face a number of serious challenges,” said Bazemore. “I believe that Secretary McNeil has a great vision and mission for the department which better defines the boundaries between the responsibilities of the department of juvenile justice, those of other agencies, and those of the community. I am fortunate to have the opportunity to help him better define this mission and also put together some practical solutions for juvenile justice reform. Secretary McNeil wants to exercise leadership to guide the community in helping youth in trouble.”

                FAU President Frank T. Brogan chairs the Juvenile Justice Blueprint Commission, a time-limited group of 25 private and public stakeholders appointed by Secretary McNeil to assist the Department of Juvenile Justice in developing recommendations for a comprehensive strategic plan to improve the lives of at-risk youth while ensuring public safety. The concept for the Commission grew out of a collaboration between the department and several organizations supportive of juvenile justice reform, including the Children’s Campaign Inc., the Florida Juvenile Justice Association, and the Florida Network of Youth and Family Services.

The Commission is in the process of conducting a “citizen listening tour” around the state to allow opportunities for the public and stakeholders in various communities to express ideas, comments, concerns and suggestions for improving Florida’s juvenile justice system.  The Commission’s recommendations will be presented to Secretary McNeil, the governor and legislature for consideration during the 2008 legislative session. 

For more information, contact Gordon Bazemore at 561-297-3245 or bazemor@fau.edu. For more information on the Blueprint Commission, visit www.djj.state.fl.us/DJJBluePrint.

-FAU-

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