Marianna, Fla:

Part of the Dozier School for boys in Marianna is now closing.  Rumors of a total closure have dogged the court-
ordered residency facility for years.  It employs well over 200 people in Jackson County.  Now the Department of
Juvenile Justice is consolidating the school, now known within the Department as the North Florida Youth
Development Center.  Department officials said in an email, “no staff members have been adversely affected due to
this consolidation.”  They said employees are leaving on their own, and their positions aren’t being filled.

Traditionally, the Dozier school was separated from a facility on its campus called the Jackson Juvenile Offender
Correction Center, (JJOCC.)  JJOCC was built a little over ten years ago.  Last year, the two facilities became The
North Florida Youth Development Center in name only.  This week they’re being formally consolidated into one
building.  JJOCC will house all of the students formerly on the Dozier School campus, and buildings on the Dozier
campus will go unused.

Mary Mills, a Regional Director for the Department of Juvenile Justice, said student numbers have been falling at the
school for several years, mirroring a national trend.  She said the consolidations need to be done for efficiency
purposes.  

Last year at this time, Mills said there were 161 youths housed in both facilities.  One month ago Dozier School
Superintendent Michael Cantrell told News13 there were 130 students on campus.  Today there are 91.  

Mills said this is the current plan for the facility, but anything can change if lawmakers choose to make drastic
budgeting decisions.  



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Dozier School in Marianna Getting Consolidated
03/22/11 - 05:11 PM

By Marc McAfee