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Former State Representative, Gus Barreiro, talks about his personal observations at the Dozier School for Boys in
Marianna, Florida. Rep. Barreiro was one of the first people to uncover the graveyard at the Dozier facility and
investigate what went on with individuals now labeled as The White House Boys.
He talked to the boys there, the community members and believes the stories of horrific abuse which occurred at the
remote rural youth correctional facility in the Florida Panhandle of boys being brutally raped, beaten and killed. He
disagrees with the outcome of the recent FDLE investigation which determined that there was no abuse at the facility.
He also discussed the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice, the criminalization of adolescents, Florida youth
correctional facilities in which 68% of the kids are on psychotropic drugs, and the 12 million dollar pharmaceutical
contract the DOJJ has with outside vendors. Sounds more like a system of Juvenile Injustice. Gus Barreiro seeks to
win back his seat in District 107 after being term limited out to try to fix the broken Florida Juvenile Justice System.
From Robert Straley: The following article pretty much sums up the character of this man. For his role in
exposing the abuse and unmarked grave yard at the then Dozier School for Boys his peers not only fired him but
tried their best to destroy his political career. The reason is simple: Gus is a man that will not back down in the fight
against child abuse in any form despite the censure or anger of his colleagues. The Department of Juvenile Justice
can ill afford a man like Gus Barreiro in their mist as there would be a sweeping reform unlike the State of Florida
has never seen, should he be re-elected. The State of Florida has one of the worst records of institutionalized child
abuse in the United States. Surely under the so called "Sunshine Laws" and in this enlightened age, we need to
change this dark image that has plagued Florida for over a hundred years.
His finest hour fathoms camps' lowest
Rep. Gus Barreiro's passion for juvenile justice grew with each abuse. In his last term, he led the
elimination of boot camps.
By ALEX LEARY
Published May 1, 2006
TALLAHASSEE - Woven through the political life of state Rep. Gus Barreiro is the subject of death, and how the
state's role in the deaths of teenage boys has propelled his relentless quest for change.
Twenty years ago, when Barreiro ran a home for troubled boys in Wisconsin, a teenager named Bobby Rachels
commited suicide after being taken away due to a lack of state funding. Barreiro decided then he wanted to run for
"I wanted Bobby's memory to stand for something."
He returned to Florida and in 1998 won a House seat from Miami Beach. Five years later, another young man's
death rocked him. Seventeen-year-old Omar Paisley died of a ruptured appendix at a juvenile lockup in Miami, after
spending three days begging for medical attention. A guard told him, "Suck it up."
Then in January, 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died after collapsing at a Panama City boot camp. No one in
government paid much attention until Barreiro watched a video of guards thrashing the teen. Outraged, he went
public, comparing what he saw to the Rodney King beating, "only worse" because Anderson died.
Now, as Barreiro enters the final week of his last legislative session, the term-limited Republican is no longer a lone
voice. Boot camps have been eliminated, replaced by a less militaristic program, and the subject of juvenile justice,
once a legislative backwater, is a high-profile issue.
"This is a guy who came to Tallahassee to fight for his passion," said Rep. Dan Gelber, D-Miami Beach. "He asked
the tough questions over and over and over again. He's shaken the culture of the Department of Juvenile Justice."
Barreiro, 46, was given a standing ovation during a farewell on the House floor Thursday and was thanked for
tireless advocacy of youths.
A week earlier, as 2,000 people descended on the Capitol courtyard to call for justice in the Anderson case, a
lawyer for the boy's family broke from his introduction of Jesse Jackson and singled out Barreiro's "courage."
All the attention has made Barreiro uncomfortable. "Unfortunately," he said, "I'm being congratulated on the backs
of some serious tragedies."
In many ways, the humble posture fits. The blue-eyed, normally soft-spoken Barreiro stays clear of the partisan
flame-throwing on issues of the day: education, health care, insurance.
But he is transformed by juvenile justice issues. In committee meetings, Barreiro is bullish toward agency
bureaucrats, prone to dramatic statements.