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Juvenile Justice Guards Offered Bribes for Beatings, Witnesses Testify at ‘Honey-Bun’ Trial

Two witnesses to the attack that killed 17-year-old Elord Revolte at the Miami-Dade juvenile lockup in August 2015 testified that guards ordered beatdowns of kids in detention in exchange for snacks at the state-run detention facility. Diego…
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Registration Open: Defender Summer School, August 6-7

Registration is now open for the 2018 Defender Summer School, hosted by Robert Wesley, Public Defender for the Ninth Judicial Circuit. Speakers Prof. Denis Keyes, Professor of Education, College of Charleston Dr. I. Bruce Frumkin,…
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Shocking Video Shows Cop Beating Daughter in School Office as Employees Watch - WESH 2

Miami-Dade Police Officer Raymond Rosario was caught on camera beating his daughter at Pinecrest Cove Preparatory Academy.
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Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Officer Charged with Civil Rights Offenses for Role in Inmate’s Beating and Death - U.S. Department of Justice

Miami-Dade Regional Juvenile Detention Center officer Antwan Lenard Johnson has been federally charged with civil rights violations in connection with the fatal beating of Elord Revolte, a 17-year-old inmate, in 2015. Read more.
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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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Handcuffs and a Psych Exam for a 7-Year-Old? Schools Do That Too Often, Parents Say - The Miami Herald

Some parents have expressed concern that Florida schools are using the Baker Act too frequently. Many children who are Baker Acted do not meet the criteria for involuntary psychological evaluation. Read more.
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Busted Toilets, Peeling Paint, Sewage Backups, Lice: A Peek Inside Juvenile Lockups - The Miami Herald

In the wake of The Miami Herald's investigation into state juvenile detention centers, various state legislators have begun doing surprise inspections and finding "deplorable" living conditions. Read more.
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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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In Miami, a Museum Attempts to Bring Teens and Cops Together Over Art - Hyperallergic

Art Detectives is a program in the Miami-Dade area that was created in partnership with the Pérez Art Museum Miami, the Miami-Dade Police Department, Breakthrough Miami, and Links, Inc. Greater Miami Chapter. The program focuses on art to…
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New Adolescent Brain Development Study Begins Recruitment

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has begun recruiting participants for its long-term Adolescent Brain Cognitivie Development (ABCD) study that will follow, from adolescence through early adulthood, the biological and behavior development…