Okeechobee Level 10 juvenile facility inmates riot, arm themselves with broken glass; Deputies and K-9 officers subdue inmates without force or injury

OKEECHOBEE — Twenty-three juveniles at the Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) facility in Okeechobee were apparently involved in a riot at the facility on Monday night. According to Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office Deputy N. Wenrick’s report, at around 5:44 p.m. on Aug. 10, deputies were dispatched to the facility at 5050 N.E. 168th Street, following […]

COVID-19 positives at correctional facilities

Correctional and detention facilities have been of special concern during the COVID-19 pandemic. DJJThe Florida Department of Juvenile Justice reports COVID-19 cases at juvenile detention facilities, according to data updated July 23.• Okeechobee Youth Development Center had five total positive tests among the staff to date. Three of the five have been medically cleared to […]

DJJ monitoring COVID-19 cases in juvenile detention facilities

TALLAHASSEE — COVID-19 confirmed cases in DJJ facilities in the Lake Okeechobee area, as of the June 23 update include: • Palm Beach Academy: 11 positive staff cases; 10 staff who tested positive medically cleared to return to work; 21 positive youth cases; 17 youth detainees no longer in medical isolation; • Palm Beach Youth […]