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Full coverage: Abuse at the Florida School for Boys in Marianna



DozierThe St. Petersburg Times has written extensively about the abuse young men endured at the Florida School for Boys in Marianna.

In April, the Times wrote that boys have been sent to the reform school for smoking, fighting, stealing cars or worse. Fifty years later they are, by their own account, screwed-up men -- afraid of the dark, unable to love or be loved, twisted by anger, scarred by the whippings they endured in a cinder block hell called the White House.

The Times reported on criminal histories of the boys who were at the Dozier School in 1988, a testament to a program that failed. Out of 180 boys on a fragile list, at least 174 of them -- 97 percent -- were arrested after they left Dozier.

Thirty-one metal crosses stand in a clearing in the woods near the campus of the 109-year-old Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, and they're said to mark the final resting place of troubled kids who came here to be reformed. No one really knows how many graves are here, or where they are, or who is in them, or how they died.

Today, the times reports that the school failed its annual evaluation, according to a draft report released by the Department of Juvenile Justice. The extensive Quality Assurance report shows the state-run reform school, with its 100-year history of abusing and neglecting boys, still can't keep them supervised or safe.  Gov. Charlie Crist called the failure "inexcusable."

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[Last modified: Monday, May 24, 2010 4:02pm]


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