For Their Own Good: Florida juvenile justice: 100 years of hell at the Dozier School for Boys

Kids have been abused throughout the 100-year history of the state's oldest reform school, through cycle after cycle of investigation and reform. But what is the school like today? Documents reveal underpaid staff, bloody noses and broken bones. How much has the Dozier School for Boys really changed?


The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys today.

BY BEN MONTGOMERY AND WAVENEY ANN MOORE Times Staff Writers

Photography by EDMUND D. FOUNTAIN

THE LATEST:
  • Suit alleges former Dozier school abused three boys
    A class-action lawsuit filed in federal court Friday claims kids are still being abused and mistreated at the notorious Department of Juvenile Justice program in rural Marianna, now in its 111th year of operation. (March 1, 2011)
PART ONE
  • For their own good
    A St. Petersburg Times special report on child abuse at the Florida School for Boys (April 19, 2009)
PART TWO
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"He needed help and counselling, not to lock the door and throw away the key," Mark Caldwell says of his son. "I don't want to see anybody who made a mistake like I did go through what I did in there," said Matthew Schroeder. "They knew I had a learning disability. They'd make fun of me," said John Bennett a former guard at Dozier.
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For Their Own Good

In this special report on Florida juvenile justice and the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, DCF records show that abuse still occurs at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, where men who call themselves the White House Boys were beaten bloody in the 1960s. The Florida juvenile justice department says the days of abuse that tortured the White House Boys are over at the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, aka the Florida School for Boys. This is part two of the St. Petersburg Times special report on Florida juvenile justice and the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.

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