St. Petersburg Times, March 20, 1968
Deplorable, Kirk Says
Reform School Blasted
Gov. Claude Kirk said yesterday boy's reform school of Marianna is in absolutely deplorable condition, and he
intends to find out how many of the inmates graduate to the state prison at Raiford..
There are more than 600 boys between the ages of 12 and 17 at the facility, the oldest institution boys in the state.
If one of your kids were kept in such circumstances you'd be up there with rifles, Kirk said after a half a poor schools
at Marianna and Okeechobee.
The Okeechobee institution is in model condition because it is much newer, Kirk said, somebody should have blown
the whistle on Marianna a long time ago.
Last December, Roy Manella, an official of the US Department of Health, Education and Welfare, said in a
Tallahassee news conference at the Marianna institution, is one of the worst examples in the nation boys reform
Kirk directed most of his criticism the physical layout of the facility, but the training programs also could be inproved
and Medicare facilities are terrible, he said.
He said he'll discuss it shortly with Youth Services Division Director O.J. Keller, who sent a representative on the tour.