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
A youthful detainee turns a camera lens to the side shortly before a beating was administered in a classroom at the Palm Beach Juvenile Correctional Facility. Youths told investigators the fight was arranged by staff.
Tommy Williams, hired at Duval Academy despite being on probation for battery, bludgeons Akillious Ashley with a flashlight, after which, they scuffled. Akillious said he asked the officer for a glass of water.
DJJ Secretary Christina K. Daly says the juvenile justice system is replacing cameras that are out of date and don't adequately deter abuse, including those at the Miami-Dade lockup where Elord Revolte died. The department says those cameras have
Despite recurring tragedies, Christina K. Daly believes the Department of Juvenile Justice has improved its medical procedures. She says some detainees when they come in haven't seen a doctor in years.
Maurice Harris Jr. told his mother he was tasked with beating up fellow detainees in the Miami lockup. Months later, one of his victims recognized him on the street, according to police, and gunned him down on the spot.
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.