TALLAHASSEE, Florida -- Gov. Rick Scott hopes a new law and new leadership will help shape the future of juvenile justice in Florida.
Tuesday, Scott announced Christy Daly would take the top spot at the Department of Juvenile Justice, where she currently is deputy secretary.
She takes over for Secretary Wansley Walters who is retiring at the end of this month.
In a related action, Scott also signed a bill aimed at prevention and or rehabilitation of juveniles being disciplined.
However, it doesn't change a rule where Juvenile Justice-run facilities are not allowed to use weapons like pepper spray. Last August, there was a riot at Avon Park Youth Academy where staff was unable to restrain dozens of the residents.
"We want to make sure that our children have the opportunity to succeed and what they've done to try to improve juvenile justice has been remarkable," Scott said.
Following the incident at the Polk County facility, the department says it installed new surveillance cameras and cut the number of residents in that program by almost half.
The new law takes effect July 1. According to the governor, recent data shows this is the lowest juvenile arrest rate Florida has had in the past 30 years.