Letters to the Editor

Vicious inmates

The Sept. 11 edition included an article, Florida prisons appear to improve, but holes remain. However, a Sept. 13 article, Broomstick attacks: a prison ritual, describes one of the most heinous attacks inside an institution for young criminals that I have read in a long time.

A 19-year-old inmate is viciously raped with a broom by other young inmates, and this appears to be part of a ritual happening regularly in Florida’s facilities. No explanation why a broom was so handy for these criminals, no video to record the attack and guards were absent.

I have to wonder: Have our local politicians, who spend so much time complaining about human rights in other countries, bothered to look at the lack of human rights right here in Florida?

Teresa Fernandez Burke, Miami

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