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
December 17, 2006 Cathy to Florida
Governor Crist: "I want you to appoint Gus Barreiro Secretary of
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
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
3, 2002: J4K's Cathy Corry chats with ACLU's Thom Foley at the St.
Petersburg Times Festival of Reading.
I'm Cathy Corry and oh, my word, what a world we live in!
Juvenile Justice Board and Council fray
I'm a father...dealing with DJJ
JJC operating outside the law
Subject: Abuse at juvenile justice facilities
The monstrous mess...no longer a...secret
The issue of truth in DJJ is still out there
To Gov, Bush: Definition of "Excellence"
Jeb, it's time for Bill to go!
Juvenile Justice needs accountability
JDC again tried to get rid of me
Homework for Select Committee Members
Gov. Bush: DJJ victims fear retaliation
A culture of abuse
Are you up for this challenge, Mr. Bankhead?
Shaking the tree for social change
We shouldn't be playing switcheroo on these children
|05/08/07 Juvenile Justice Board and
[Refer to these articles in the St. Petersburg Times:
Strife erodes a voice for kids and
05/01/07 State refuses to step into juvenile justice fray]
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
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
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
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
matter." ~ Martin Luther King, Jr.
"All that is necessary for the triumph of
evil is that good men do nothing." ~ Edmund Burke
"...it 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,
conversation." ~ Elijah Gosier, Columnist, St. Petersburg Times
"Wear your integrity on your sleeve." ~ Jeb Bush,
"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." ~