New lawsuit filed in former Dozier School treatment of boys
Posted: February 28, 2011 - 5:00pm

By The Times-Union

A federal civil rights, class-action lawsuit has been filed against key figures for the old Dozier School for Boys in

Florida Institutional Legal Services and Florida Legal Services filed the lawsuit Friday in Tallahassee on behalf of
youths incarcerated at the juvenile facility, now called the North Florida Youth Development Center, and their

It names the defendants as Wansley Walters, secretary of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice; Michael
Cantrell, operations and program manager of the center; and Teion Wells Harrison, the designated mental health
authority of the center.

The lawsuit describes inappropriate treatment for youths with mental illness or developmental disabilities. The boys
are subjected  to isolation for days or weeks and are abused by staff, rather than counseled and treated, the lawsuit