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."
Following Hurricane Michael, at least some inmates had been moved from the damaged Gulf Correctional Institution as rumors swirled in a vacuum of official information from the Department of Corrections.
In an effort to combat an epidemic of deadly drug overdoes, the Florida Department of Corrections now has a policy of sending inmates to prisons far from home. The policy also makes it more difficult for families to visit loved ones in Florida prisons.
A U.S. district judge ordered the Florida Department of Corrections to continue providing hormone treatments to a transgender inmate and allow her to wear women’s undergarments and have access to grooming items available to female inmates.
For the first time, former inmates at Lowell prison and their relatives were given a voice, and many of them had a lot to say to investigators from the U.S. Department of Justice about rape, substandard medical care and rampant drug trafficking.
As the Department of Justice prepares to visit Lowell Correctional and interview present and past inmates about alleged sexual abuse, the Florida prison system has settled a handful of sex abuse lawsuits filed by inmates and naming staff as abusers.
Lowell Correctional, Florida’s largest women’s prison, has been beset by allegations of physical, mental and sexual abuse. The reports have spawned a subpoena for extensive records and a tour by the U.S. Department of Justice.
The Department of Justice civil rights investigation comes years after a Miami Herald investigation, “Beyond Punishment,’’ detailed a system of flagrant sexual extortion and other abuse by guards at Lowell Correctional Institution in Central Florida.
Four juveniles and employee Antoine Davis at the Walton Academy for Growth and Change, a DeFuniak Springs Department of Juvenile Justice facility in Florida’s Panhandle, were charged with a sexual attack and battery on a 15-year-old boy.
Alleny Carbone, 15, had a long history with the Department of Juvenile Justice and a long track record of contemplating self-harm. She was still able to kill herself in the Manatee County juvenile lockup.
Anthony Vidal, 45, was killed by his cellmate at Dade Correctional Institution in 2016, but a lawsuit filed in Miami-Dade circuit court Tuesday blames the Florida Department of Corrections for his strangling.