Category: Experience

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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A judge says she must be allowed to visit her critically ill daughter. Cops say no.

Lucy Moss’ worst fear always was that her heroin-addicted daughter would die alone. When she found out her daughter, who had spent three months in jail on drug possession charges, was “on life support” in a Broward County hospital, she rushed to Fort Lauderdale on a flight her relatives paid for. She hitched rides from…

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Broward County kids rock the Youth Summer Justice Program

Sometimes when I see children in the Broward County courthouse, they’re walking in a line, linked by shackles and on their way to face a judge. It’s always a heartbreaking scene. This week, I had the heartwarming experience of meeting 40 or so teenagers there who were free, smart and engaged as they participated in…

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Public Defender ‘Help Me Howard’ Finkelstein says he’s not running for Congress

Anthony Man Contact Reporter Sun Sentinel https://www.sun-sentinel.com/news/politics/fl-howard-finkelstein-congress-20170622-story.html Howard Finkelstein said Thursday he’s not sure what he’ll be doing when he retires as Broward County public defender when his current term expires — but it won’t involve running for Congress in 2018. “It’s nothing I’d ever thought about. I’m really focused on finishing up this term, making…

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As ‘Help Me Howard’ Finkelstein prepares to retire, his chief assistant plans to run

BY EMILY L. MAHONEY, EMAHONEY@MIAMIHERALD.COM JUNE 09, 2017 05:17 PM, UPDATED JUNE 09, 2017 05:53 PM https://www.miamiherald.com/news/local/community/broward/article155379814.html Gordon Weekes likes to think of the Broward Public Defender’s Office, for which he has worked for two decades, as a cookie. A rainbow-sprinkled cookie to be exact, covered in ants. “We are constantly being devoured, but we…

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Broward’s old main courthouse almost empty as moves near end

Time is running out for the mold-plagued building that served as Broward County’s main courthouse for the past 55 years. The former main entrance to the county’s judicial complex closed at the beginning of May. The remaining judges and courts still holding session in the 10-story structure will relocate to the new courthouse building at…

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The Gray Area Between Racial Profiling And Policing: 5 Experts Weigh In On Criticisms, Concerns And Change

Like a lot of police work, this story is about shades of gray.  It started when a 24-year-old took a seat on the back of a car at an apartment complex in Pompano Beach. It was just after 1 p.m. in late January last year—a pretty day, not even in the 80s. Watching nearby, a…

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