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Youth Crime Task Force

The Youth Crime Task Force is comprised of 31 members representing a cross section of all populations in the community, including local juvenile justice administrators, public officials, and interested citizens (based upon their generally recognized expertise, involvement, and interest in improving the total juvenile justice system).

  • Vacancies in Youth Crime Task Force

    The Youth Crime Task Force currently has vacancies. Membership is open to those who work for, or serve on the Board of Directors of an organization that works with youth and/or crime prevention, and who are qualified electors of Miami-Dade County. If you would like more information or are interested in serving on the Task Force please contact Ms. Cindy Akerman at 305-755-6144, or via email

  • Board Members

    The Youth Crime Task Force is comprised of 31 Board Members of which 20 were assigned entities by ordinance and 11 members who work for or serve on the board of directors of an organization that works with youth and/or youth crime prevention.


    • Morris Copeland, Director, Juvenile Services Department


    • Frank Manning, Department of Juvenile Justice, Circuit XI
    Second Vice-Chair
    • Marjorie Alexis, Public Defender's Office


      • Carlos A. Gimenez, Miami-Dade County Mayor, Miami-Dade County
      • Joe A. Martinez, Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 11
      • Sally A. Heyman, Miami-Dade Commissioner, District 4
      • Senator Frederika Wilson, Miami-Dade Legislative Delegation
      • Dr. Alberto M. Carvalho, Superintendent, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
      • Juan Perez, Director, Miami-Dade Police Department
      • Edwin Lopez, Chief, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Police Department
      • Todd Bass, Esq., Chief, Juvenile Division Chief State Attorney for Miami-Dade County
      • John Dixon, President/CEO, Miami-Dade Economic Advocacy Trust
      • Gilda Ferradaz, Administrator, Department of Children and Families, District XI
      • James R. Haj, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Children's Trust
      • Hon. Orlando Prescott, Juvenile Court 11th Judicial Circuit
      • Kenneth Kilpatrick, The Alternative Program
      • Rene Gamboa, JMH/University of Miami School of Medicine
      • Thema Campbell, World Literacy Crusade of Florida
      • Carolyn "Kiani" Nesbitt, Concerned African Women
      • Cecilia De Loof, AYUDA, Inc.
      • Laverne Pinkney, Esq., Attorney, Pinkney Law Firm, P.A.
      • Travis Stokes, Florida International University
      • Marissa Rios, Citrus Health Network, Inc.
  • Committees

    The Youth Crime Task Force is contained by three committees: Executive, Funding and Legislation, and Model Programs.

    Executive Committee

    Comprised of the Chair, Vice Chair, Second Vice Chair, and committee chairpersons. The function of the Executive Committee is to determine YCTF direction, policy, and function.

    Funding and Legislation Committee

    This committee supports relevant legislative recommendations promulgated by youth oriented organizations and prepares important legislative recommendations regarding delinquency and youth each year.

    Model Programs Committee

    Reviews reported outcomes for funded programs and makes recommendations for continued funding for organizations and service initiatives.

  • Meetings

    All Youth Crime Task Force (YCTF) meetings are held publicly under the Florida Sunshine Law and prior public notice is provided before any meeting.

    • YCTF Meetings – held 4 times per year
    • Executive Committee Meetings – held as needed
    • Committee Meetings – held as needed
  • Board Staff

    Ms. Jessica Landestoy
    Statistics and Research Specialist
    Juvenile Services Department
    275 NW 2nd Street 2nd Floor
    Miami, Florida 33128
    305-755-6221 Phone
    305-755-6150 Fax

  • Funded Programs

    All programs funded by the Youth Crime Task Force.

    12 and Under Project

    Provides services to identified high-risk boys with "special issues and needs" who have been assessed at the Juvenile Assessment Center (JAC). The program replicates an empirically-based model intervention: SNAP™ Program, developed by Child Development Institute, Toronto, Canada, designed specifically for boys under 12 years of age in conflict with the law and their families. This project is part of a National Demonstration Project with the U.S. Department of Justice.

    Family Intervention Services (FIS)

    Provides community- and home-based Functional Family Therapy, targeting children age 17 years and under, who are diverted from Juvenile Court and under the supervision of the Juvenile Services Department; one program operated by Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc. on a countywide basis.

    • Institute for Child and Family Health, Inc.
      Contact: Farah Halaby
      15490 NW 7th Avenue
      Miami, FL 33169
      305-685-0381 ext. 2033

    Improving Community Control (ICC)

    For adjudicated youths, under age 18, on DJJ Community Control; designed to improve self-esteem, school performance, and pro-social bonding; three programs covering most of Miami-Dade County.

    • Concerned African Women
      Contact: Carolyn "Kiani" Nesbitt
      1505 NW 167th Street, Ste 101
      Miami Gardens, FL 33169
    • Regis House
      Contact: Shatara Piedrasanta
      2010 NW 7th Street
      Miami, FL 33125
    • The Alternatives Programs
      Contact: George E. Jones
      151 NW 60th Street
      Miami, FL 33127

    Juvenile Weapons Offender Program (JWOP)

    For youths adjudicated on non-violent weapons charges, under age 18. Offender is confronted by the traumatic physical, emotional, and financial consequences of violence on victims and their families. Individual and family supportive factors are emphasized; one program provided by South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge.

    • South Miami/Coral Gables Elks Lodge #1676
      Contact: Rene Gamboa
      6304 SW 78th Street
      South Miami, FL 33143

    Post Detention Girls' Program (PDGP)

    A program for young women 11- 18 released to Community Control or Aftercare under the supervision of the Department of Justice that teaches social, vocational, economic, and family skills.

    • World Literacy - (Girl Power)
      Contact: Thema Campbell
      6015 NW 7th Avenue
      Miami, FL 33127

    Teen Drug Court

    Arrested amenable drug involved youths diverted to Teen Drug Court for treatment for a period of one year instead of prosecution in the usual manner.

    • Administrative Office of the Courts
      Contact: Clarissa Linares
      3300 NW 27 Avenue
      Miami, FL 33142

    Program Evaluation

    Provides process and outcome evaluations of all funded programs; one independent evaluator for all programming initiatives.

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