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Updated: 8:44 PM Dec 30, 2009

Dozier School For Boys Receives Poor Performance Review
The often-trouble Dozier School for Boys in Marianna is once again under the microscope. The school just received
a poor overall review from the Department of Juvenile Justice, which cited security problems and poor medical
treatment.

Posted: 8:44 PM Dec 30, 2009
Reporter: Vanessa Nguyen
Email Address: vanessa.nguyen@wjhg.com

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Dozier In Marianna Getting Bad Reviews And Inspections


The often-trouble Dozier School for Boys in Marianna is once again under the microscope.

The school just received a poor overall review from the Department of Juvenile Justice, which cited security problems
and poor medical treatment.

The school's already fighting negative publicity over the alleged abusive treatment of former inmates known as "The
White House Boys."

But school officials and the NAACP say Dozier is still an asset to the community.

The Dozier School for Boys can accommodate up to 135-troubled boys from across the state.
The facility offers several training programs designed to help the young men get their lives back on track.
"We try to do everything we can to provide the necessary services and give them the skill set so they can be
successful and not return to an institution such as Dozier," says Program Administrator Gavin Tucker.
But the future of the school itself is in question.

The Department of Juvenile Justice gave Dozier a failing grade on its latest performance evaluation.
The report highlights problems with security, safety, poor staff training and a lack of medical attention.
"We did experience some turnover in the medical department and we did not have a physician onsite at the time of
the quality assurance review which had some bearing on the indicators there."

The criticisms only compound the ongoing negative image Dozier has earned.

Allegations of abuse from former students have threatened to close the facility.

A Department of Juvenile Justice spokesperson said Wednesday he's not aware of that happening.
And Jackson County NAACP officials are concerned lawsuits filed by prominent firms like the Southern Christian Law
Center, will be detrimental.

"If lawsuits are filed by the Southern Christian Law Center, it takes it out of the state if they win enough lawsuits and
they have closed institutes," says Area Director Elmore Bryant.

He is worried about the 175 jobs Dozier provides so the NAACP is taking a proactive role in making sure the
community's voice is heard.

"Good things can come out of Dozier in Jackson County!"

Dozier staff is already working to correct deficiencies, and a community-based committee is now advocating Dozier's
asset.
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