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March 22, 2007 "Chaos, confusion reign supreme surrounding nomination," Bill Stone, Tampa Bay Sun. March 22. 2007. Pinellas County Commissioners Calvin Harris and Ken Welch accept positions from Pasco County Juvenile Justice Council.
December 17, 2006 Cathy to Florida Governor Crist: "I want you to appoint Gus Barreiro Secretary of DJJ."
April 20, 2005 Cathy, seen here with former federal prison warden Don Cabana, spends the morning of April 20, 2005 at the WEDU TV studio in Tampa observing this first of 4 nation-wide hearings to be conducted by the Commission on Safety and Abuse in America's Prisons. To see more photos click here.
November 2, 2003: Cathy spends the day, at the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg. Here, she explains to visitors that kids in Florida's JDCs are not allowed to have a book in their rooms. Click here to learn more...
November 3, 2002: J4K's Cathy Corry chats with ACLU's Thom Foley at the St. Petersburg Times Festival of Reading.


My Word!

Hi! I'm Cathy Corry and oh, my word, what a world we live in!

05/08/07 Juvenile Justice Board and Council fray
I'm a father...dealing with DJJ

05/11/04 JJC operating outside the law

04/19/04 Subject: Abuse at juvenile justice facilities

03/29/04 The monstrous longer a...secret

02/21/04 The issue of truth in DJJ is still out there

02/05/04 To Gov, Bush: Definition of "Excellence"

02/02/04 Jeb, it's time for Bill to go!

12/29/03 Juvenile Justice needs accountability

12/15/03 JDC again tried to get rid of me

12/05/03 Homework for Select Committee Members

11/14/03 Gov. Bush: DJJ victims fear retaliation

08/01/03 A culture of abuse

07/25/03 Are you up for this challenge, Mr. Bankhead?

12/10/02 Shaking the tree for social change

09/30/02 We shouldn't be playing switcheroo on these children


05/08/07 Juvenile Justice Board and Council fray
[Refer to these articles in the St. Petersburg Times: 04/30/07 Strife erodes a voice for kids and 05/01/07 State refuses to step into juvenile justice fray]

As a volunteer advocate representing JUSTICE4KIDS.ORG, I am also a current member and officer of the Pinellas County Juvenile Justice Council. 

For added clarity of the dynamics between the Pinellas Council and the Circuit 6 Juvenile Justice Board, it is significant to note that not all previous Pinellas appointees were booted from the board. Pinellas County Sheriff Jim Coats was re-elected to the Board by the Pinellas Council.

Also, the Pinellas Council was diverse in its new appointments. In addition to Norm Roche, Chimurenga Waller, and Rev. Bruce Wright, the Council appointed parent advocate Greg Pound, as well as Susan Biszewski-Eber, director of a YMCA middle school intervention program which receives grant funding from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.

The statewide boards and councils were created to present a balanced voice of the community to DJJ. That community includes parents, youth and advocates, not just government workers and private providers whose jobs depend on the perpetual flow of troubled youth into ‘the system’.

The Board should welcome diversity and should realize that it isn’t in the best interest of our children to have all Board members chant ‘RAH RAH DJJ!’ The Board’s purpose is to provide advice and direction to DJJ. Most times, good advice comes from honest discussion about serious issues. I’ve attended every Board meeting for three years and never once heard a serious discussion about any issue other than money. I challenge the Board to embrace the new members in a manner that represents true democracy.





MY word... is that I have found in others, words that inspire me:


"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


"To sin by silence when we should protest, makes cowards out of men" ~ Ella Wheeler Wilcox


"It is always the right time to do the right thing." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has." ~ Margaret Mead, Anthropologist


"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." ~ Mahatma Gandhi


"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.


"All that is necessary for the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke


" does not require a majority to prevail, but rather an irate, tireless minority keen to set brush fires in people's minds.." ~ Samuel Adams, US President


"There are a thousand hacking at the branches of evil to one who is striking at the root." Henry David Thoreau, Naturalist 


"...significant change does not come out of polite, cautious conversation." ~ Elijah Gosier, Columnist, St. Petersburg Times 1/28/03


"Wear your integrity on your sleeve." ~ Jeb Bush, Florida Governor

"Most people prefer to believe their leaders are just and fair even in the face of evidence to the contrary, because once a citizen acknowledges that the government under which they live is lying and corrupt, the citizen has to choose what he or she will do about it. To take action in the face of a corrupt government entails risks of harm to life and loved ones. To choose to do nothing is to surrender one's self-image of standing for principles.  Most people do not have the courage to face that choice. Hence, most propaganda is not designed to fool the critical thinker but only to give moral cowards an excuse not to think at all."  ~ Michael Rivero


Revised 11/18/2013