Associated Press Release
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (AP) -- Department of Juvenile Justice Secretary Wansley Walters and her staff are painting murals at a Tallahassee juvenile detention center.
Walters and others planned to paint murals in the cafeteria, hallways and clinic at the Leon Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Saturday.
The agency said research shows that the environment in which juvenile offenders are confined can affect their future behavior and lower their chances of future incarceration.
The Annie E. Casey Foundation released a report last month that showed a 32 percent drop in the number of Florida's youth being sent to residential juvenile justice programs between 1997 and 2010.
Wansley is also proposing comprehensive juvenile justice reform that would shift resources to community-based interventions and increase the availability of transitional services including vocational programming, employment, education, housing and transportation.