Category: Experience

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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Florida sends disabled teen back to place that can’t help him with his demons

Keishan Ross, a 17-year-old who has spent much of his life cycling between Broward County’s juvenile lockup and a Panhandle facility that has had little luck correcting his behavior, is on his way back to the Panhandle. Keishan has been diagnosed with a significant intellectual disability, as well as mental illnesses. At least 13 times…

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Disabled teen rages, pounds on cell door and confounds Florida juvenile justice

Inside his cell at the Broward County juvenile jail, Keishan Ross squalls. They are deep, primal, piercing screams, and they are unrelenting. And he pounds on a door. His voice and his fists can be heard from far away, through his cell’s steel door, across a sparsely furnished day room, through another steel door and…

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Fort Lauderdale Finally Shuts Down Troubled Group Home; Director’s $2.25 Million Mansion for Sale

For at least six years, Crescent House, a Fort Lauderdale group home for teenage boys, was the source of constant calls to the police. Neighbors found crack cocaine baggies littering the streets and said that kids pelted their cars with rocks. This summer, the city finally shut down the facility, which was run by Chrysalis Health,…

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