"Cruel and Unusual" is an ongoing Miami Herald investigation into what prisoners, their loved ones, lawyers and activists say is a culture of brutality and a pattern of cover-ups in one of the nation's largest prison systems.
"Cruel and Unusual" is an ongoing Miami Herald investigation into what prisoners, their loved ones, lawyers and activists say is a culture of brutality and a pattern of cover-ups in one of the nation's largest prison systems. Shutterstock
"Cruel and Unusual" is an ongoing Miami Herald investigation into what prisoners, their loved ones, lawyers and activists say is a culture of brutality and a pattern of cover-ups in one of the nation's largest prison systems. Shutterstock

Cruel and Unusual: Miami Herald’s coverage of abuse in Florida’s prison

April 29, 2015 3:49 PM

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