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CAPTAIN BRYANT MIDDLETON, ARMY RANGER
AND ANDREW PUEL WERE INTERVIEWED TODAY
BY ALYSSA HYMAN WMBB NEWS 13 ABC
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Cpt. Bryant Middleton
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Since the Department of Justice released its report
on Dozier and JJOC, several supervisors and
guards have been fired, detention centers closed,
seems the DOJ is cracking down on juvenile abuse
in a serious manner. Perhaps some of the
government officials in high positions, that are
ultimately responsible, should be held accountable
for the abuses that have gone on under their watch
for years. Or are they above the law ?
Doctors, called the injury "a very deep
contusion," caused by damage to the soft
tissues underneath the skin and bleeding
in the injured area. This was 3 licks with a
paddle. Read Below Article
“She demanded attention to the stories
she told,” And they changed Ireland.
They changed our society.”
The White House Boys Survivors Organization
EXCERPT FROM THE ABOVE: Dating back to 1998 and through 2011, Florida campaign donation reports show Youth Services International donated $155,000 to
Florida political candidates and the Florida Democratic and Republican parties. In 2011 and through March of this year alone, the company contributed $40,500 to
candidates for state office in Florida, political parties and other committees. The Republican Party of Florida received $20,000 of that $40,500.
Between 2007 and the end of 2010, the Republican Party of Florida received $46,000 out of $65,000 Youth Services International donated to
candidates and committees.
“I don’t want to make this about politics,” Weekes said. “But it’s the elephant sitting in the room.”
David Utter, a Southern Poverty Law Center attorney, said he is prohibited from discussing the sealed settlement of the 2010 federal lawsuit against
Thompson. But he said he’s concerned there is insufficient oversight of companies running youth facilities that have links to politicians.
“There is danger,” he said, “in privatizing the imprisonment of children” and awarding contracts to companies that donate heavily to politicians.
EXCERPT from: Youth rehabilitation centers in Florida under scrutiny By Susan Ferriss
In December 2011, the U.S. Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division issued a highly critical report about two state-run juvenile facilities in Florida, and also
attacked the state’s quality-assurance system. The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center were closed after federal
investigators began their probe in 2010.
“The constitutional violations identified in the enclosed report are the result of the state’s failed system of oversight and accountability, which we suspect affect the
entire juvenile justice system statewide,” Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez said in a cover letter to Florida Gov. Rick Scott.
Comment: R.Straley: Dozier, after 4 years of heavy scrutiny by the DOJ and the press, finally closed in 2011. It was due to "budget cuts" and have "nothing to do
with the allegations of abuse." Now Thompson Academy, after 2+ years of the same kind of scrutiny is closing.
Comment R. Straley: And why is this happening?
In fact, the DJJ says, the closure is part of a system-wide push to move young offenders to smaller residential facilities. Spokesman CJ Drake says Thompson's
operator, Youth Services International, is "certainly eligible to bid on the new programs we're rolling out."
So much for a reaction to criticism.
Excerpt from: State Says Move to Close Thompson Academy "Had Nothing to Do With" Complaints of Abuse
By Stefan Kamph Fri., Sep. 28 2012
The DJJ denies allegations from the public defender's office that boys were routinely mistreated or neglected at Thompson Academy. Drake provided the Pulp
with an independent audit as well as the results of July's judicial panel, which declined to take further action due to "the high degree of oversight currently being
afforded to Thompson Academy and to its residents."
Gordon Weekes got to the point:
Chief Assistant Public Defender Gordon Weekes said he didn't consider Thompson Academy's planned closure a victory, saying that problems there haven't been
taken seriously by DJJ.
"There's no victory that children have to be subject to substandard conditions of confinement," Weekes said. "The true victory would be when the
Department of Juvenile Justice puts the interest of children ahead of political interest."
Comment R. Straley: It seems regardless of the overwhelming amount of legitimate complaints, witnesses and press coverage, the State of Florida is never guilty
of abuse of its children. And therein lies the problem.