Month: October 2017

Abuses in Florida ‘juvie’ prisons inspire more outrage than reform

We killed Elord Revolte. You, me, us Floridians. We knowingly consigned him to a juvie lockup hellhole run by thug guards with criminal records. We put him in a joint where guards commonly instigated gang beatings as a way to outsource discipline. Or maybe just to provide the night shift some cheap entertainment. They paid…

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Powerful lawmaker calls for juvenile justice review in wake of Herald series

The lawmaker who oversees a powerful criminal justice committee said he will lead a much-needed reform of the state’s juvenile justice system in the wake of a Miami Herald series that detailed the existence of a mercenary system in which detainees are given honey buns and other treats as a reward for pounding other youths….

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Juvenile justice counselor had ex-detainee’s baby. But they’d hire her again.

When juvenile justice administrators looked into allegations of sexual misconduct by a staffer and an intern at a Broward County youth program, efforts to hold them accountable hit an unexpected roadblock. Turns out that interns at AMIkids of Greater Fort Lauderdale didn’t have to sign any sort of agreement pledging not to have intimate relations…

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FIGHTCLUB: A Miami Herald Investigation Into Florida’s Juvenile Justice System

Emory Jones just needs to look at his left arm for a reminder of what happened at Avon Park Youth Academy. There is a faint scar in the shape of a snake above his elbow from when an officer beat him. When Emory was 14, he started burglarizing homes. He said he wanted nicer things than…

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