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DJJ Secretary Frank Peterman racks up travel expenses

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November

Peterman At a time when state employees face travel restrictions to save money, Florida's top juvenile justice official racked up $44,000 on travel — much of it for commercial flights between his office in the capital and St. Petersburg, where his family lives.

Frank Peterman, secretary of the Department of Juvenile Justice, has flown at taxpayer expense 68 times between Tampa and Tallahassee since taking office in February 2008, at a cost of nearly $20,000. Many flights left Tallahassee on Thursday or Friday and brought him back to Tallahassee on the following Tuesday .... In contrast, Corrections Secretary Walt McNeil, who oversees the statewide system of prisons, spent about $14,000 in travel in the same period of time as the review of Peterman's travel. The prison system has a budget more than three times larger than Peterman's agency.

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