OMAR PAISLEY, 17, of Opa-locka, died in June 2003 at the Miami-Dade Juvenile Detention Center. He had a ruptured appendix. Paisley reportedly begged for medical help for three days. He was arrested in March 2003 after cutting a neighbor with a soda can during a fight and was awaiting a bed at a residential program for troubled youths when he got ill. A grand jury blasted the "utter lack of humanity" demonstrated by officials at the detention center. The case resulted in the removal of several officials and staff changes as well as manslaughter charges against two nurses. The Department of Juvenile Justice agreed to pay $1.45-million to settle a federal suit; a separate settlement was reached with the Miami Children's Hospital, which was the center's medical provider. The amount of that settlement was not disclosed.
+ WILLIE LAWRENCE DURDEN III, 17, died in October at the Cypress Creek juvenile detention center in Citrus County. Durden was found motionless in his bed. Officials initially said that Durden's death appeared to be natural and that there was no evidence of suicide or injury to the teen. The final report on the incident is not complete. Durden had been arrested in September 2004 for the armed robbery of a pizza deliveryman in Jacksonville. He had been at the facility for nearly a year and preparations were under way to release him in January.
+ MARTIN LEE ANDERSON, 14, of Panama City, Fla., died Jan. 6, the day after his arrival at a boot camp run by the Bay County Sheriff's Office and the Department of Juvenile Justice. He landed at the camp after he and some friends stole his grandmother's car and drove to a nearby store where they took some CDs. He was charged with grand theft. A video shows Anderson's last hours and appears to show several drill instructors beating the teen. The investigation is continuing.
- Compiled by Barbara Behrendt from news reports.