Dark secrets of Florida's juvenile justice system : A Miami Herald investigation
A look at the "fight club" culture inside Florida's juvenile justice system, where staffers sometimes employ harsh takedowns, ignore abuse and offer snacks as bribes for beatdowns — known as "honey-bunning."
Emily Michot and Matias Ocneremichot@miamiherald.com
State Sen. Perry Thurston Jr. and Gordon Weekes, who is in charge of the juvenile division of the Broward Public Defender’s Office, react to the conditions inside Broward Regional Juvenile Detention Center on Friday, Nov. 3, 2017.
Mary Ables was stunned when the state attorney showed her footage of her son, Rashad, being thrashed in a closet while two staffers at Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility stood by impassively. Both were arrested.
This youth says he was beaten up by two fellow detainees at the Miami lockup after exchanging harsh words with an officer. Afterward, the attackers were eating honey buns available only from the staff vending machines. A friend told him: "You know
Martin Lee Anderson, 14, is fatally manhandled at Bay County Boot Camp as a nurse watches. After he was unable to run a track, he endured punches, knee jabs and “pressure points,” and died from having ammonia capsules jammed up his nose.
In a video that is speeded up to compress the elapsed time, youths gang up on a small detainee, alternately jabbing him, throwing his shirt into the garbage, shoving it in their pants, then forcing it over his head. A staffer watches impassively.
A youth at Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility bounds into a classroom with cookies — and is immediately pounced upon by several boys throwing punches. Investigators were told that a staffer encouraged the attack and cut the lights just as t
Rashad Ables took a fierce beating in this fight in a storage room (upper right) at Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility. Two staff members watched impassively. When it was over, they told Rashad to hide his injuries from the medical staff.
Milton Girls Academy staffer Shannon Linn Abbott slammed a detainee — who was showing no resistance — against a wall, threw her to the floor, then sat on her for 25 minutes. She claimed the girl struck her repeatedly with an elbow. Investigators
According to detainees, one way staffers encouraged beatings was to announce "youth support!" This was a signal for boys to drop what they were doing and gang up on a designated peer. It happens here in this video. The woman standing by the door w