Six-part series details abuse in Florida's juvenile justice detention facilities

At least 12 questionable deaths since 2000 have occurred in Florida's juvenile detention facilities — including the two run by the state and numerous "residential programs," which are privately run but funded by taxpayer dollars. The Miami Herald this week published a six-part series detailing abuses at the state's institutions. Drugs. Sex. Violence at the behest of the officers, underpaid and outnumbered, who are supposed to keep watch over the detainees.

The investigation found that for years ... youths have complained of staff turning them into hired mercenaries, offering honey buns and other rewards to rough up fellow detainees. It is a way for employees to exert control without risking their livelihoods by personally resorting to violence. Criminal charges are rare.
  • Read the series at the Miami Herald
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