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Florida Legislators Pass Bill to Allow Surprise Inspections of Juvenile Lock-Ups - The Miami Herald

Last week, the Florida Legislature sent CS/HB 361: Persons Authorized to Visit Juvenile Justice Facilities to Governor Rick Scott for approval.  To increase executive, legislative, and judicial oversight, CS/HB 361 authorizes the Governor…
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Abuse, Lies, Videotape: A Star Employee at Miami’s Juvenile Lockup Confesses to Misconduct - The Miami Herald

A detention officer at the Miami-Dade Regional Detention Center has been fired for admitting to falsifying records during polygraph testing. Read more.
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Senate Criminal Justice Committee Passes SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Yesterday, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting children younger than 14 from being prosecuted as adults for…
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YES on SB 936: Juvenile Justice

Take Action! Tell your Senator to support SB 936! On Monday, January 22, the Senate Committee on Criminal Justice will be considering SB 936, a bill which makes several key reforms to the juvenile justice system, including: Prohibiting…
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That ‘Surprise’ Visit to Broward Juvenile Lockup? Lawmakers Think Staff Was Tipped Off - The Miami Herald

In response to The Miami Herald's investigation into the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice's (DJJ) widespread system of abuse, state legislators sough to make a surprise visit to the Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center. Read m…
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Fight Club: A Miami Herald Investigation into Florida Juvenile Justice System - The Miami Herald

A two-year investigation by The Miami Herald has uncovered widespread system abuse in Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). Read more.
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Legislature Apologies for Abusive Dozier Boys School - The Orlando Sentinel

This week, the Florida Senate joined the Florida House of Representatives in approving SR 1440, which acknowledged and apologized for the child abuse that occurred at  at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a reform school in Marianna.…
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House Apologizes for Dozier School Abuses - The Tallahassee Democrat

Yesterday, the Florida House of Representatives formally apologized for decades of abuse that occurred at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a reform school in Marianna. Read more. Below is a video of Jerry Cooper, who has spent several…

Mom Alleges Abuse at Crestview Youth Detention Center - The Crestview News Bulletin

A 17-year old resident of the Okaloosa Youth Development Center in Florida reported to his mother that he was beaten on three occasions in March. His mother never received a phone call from the staff that her son had been injured, even though…
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Youths Still Dying in Florida Juvenile Detention Centers from Abuse, Neglect - Prison Legal News

After the 2015 death of a juvenile, authorities discovered that correctional officers were placing bounties on youths incarcerated in their facilities. Elord Revolte, 17,was transported to the hospital after being beaten by 15 to 20 inmates.…