DECEMBER 1, 2011 Finally, justice has been served. The Justice Department's Civil Rights Division released a harsh criticism of conditions at the Dozier School For Boys (now closed) and the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center. The report said the state’s “failed system of oversight and accountability” likely has resulted in dangerous conditions at youth prisons throughout the state." “These conditions return youth to the community no better-, and likely less-equipped to succeed than when they were first incarcerated.” Florida’s youth corrections system is so poorly administered that children are assaulted by officers, denied necessary medical care and punished harshly for minor infractions, a federal report released Friday concludes. Conditions are so severe, the U.S. Department of Justice said, that they violate the Constitution.
Carol Marbin Miller's Original Video That Broke the Dozier Story
THE SEALING OF THE WHITE HOUSE CEREMONY OCTOBER 2008 AT DOZIER
The State of Florida Apologizes for 68 years of State Sanctioned Flogging of Boys 8-17 yrs old. The Florida School For Boys aka The Dozier School for Boys "Sealing of the WhiteHouse Ceremony"
 In October 21, 2008 the gates of the Dozier School (FSB) were opened so a group of five men, now in their sixties, could be taken to a ceremony that the State of Florida and the Juvenile Justice Department had sanctioned. The members of the DJJ who approved the ceremony were Bonnie Rogers, Samadhi Jones, Christy Dely, and Frank Pinella. There, amid roughly 50 spectators, the men were to speak of their experience in front of the "whitehouse" punishment room which had been closed for four decades. They could speak of the past, not the present, that being the only restriction. The ceremony was hosted by Mary Zahasky and Gus Barreiro.
 The ceremony was conducted with the presentation of a plaque which promised that these types of abuses would never happen or be tolerated again. At some point the "whitehouse" was to be torn down. The men were taken to a graveyard with 31 unmarked crosses amidst the woods, accessed by a dirt road. When the story went nationwide on the Associated Press, CNN & Miami Herald the next day, the officials at Dozier said "it was neither an admission nor an apology." Then what was it and why was the ceremony even conducted? Damage control appears to be the reason with a continuation of denial of events of the past. The cover up began on that day and continues to this very day as more abuses are uncovered; yet are without, admissions or apologies, nothing changes it would appear. The FDLE merely followed suite and " the whitehouse was once again whitewashed and a broader cover up has begun." An Account of the brutal whippings click this line.
 "When we left the ceremony that day we felt a deep and emotional sense of relief, we had been given an apology however meager, we felt it was a beginning. Never, in the history of Florida had former inmates been allowed back inside an institution to reconcile a wrongdoing by the State. The State of Florida had admitted to the vicious whippings that had happened in this frightening white cinder block building. We felt somewhat vindicated for the past transgressions perpetrated against us and hoped we could finally move on with our lives. Then the very next day the facility blatantly denies us closure and acts as if the ceremony never occurred and their expressed words rang with little or no remorse. Those empty promises and dishonest words that meant nothing to the state, still prevail to this day.
 Senator Al Lawson stated at a Jackson County Chamber of Commerce meeting in Marianna that he would try to have the plaque removed from the notorious "whitehouse" punishment room. The citizenry of Marianna felt it was a "stain" on their town. As well it should be as they surrounded the boy's school with a wall of silence. They knew the boys were being brutalized, but put jobs and money over human compassion and dignity. This went on from the time it opened in 1900 to 1968 when O.J. Keller finally stopped the use of leather whips.
 FDLE says the cemetery was known to everyone back in the early 1900's and got lost in time. If it was the graveyard back to 1900, then where are the rest of the bodies? During these early years boys were thrown in with the convicts at night, subject to poor nutrition, sickness, worked as adults in the fields, whipped brutally if they did not perform a man's work, how many died from that alone? Does the FDLE expect the public to believe that the 31 unmarked graves stand for all that died from 1900 when this institution opened and began its brutal journey? This does not stand up to simple logic. Source: http://thewhitehouseboysonline.com/FSB-TIMELINE.HTML
If you think boys were not flogged to death read this:
 It would be a sight more than 31. If just one a year died, there would be an extra 50 bodies ( 1900-1950 ) and I think that would be a low estimate, more like a minimum of three, unclaimed by parents. There were many throw- away boys in this institution. Where are the rest of the boys buried? Source: http://www.tampabay.com/specials/2009/reports/marianna/
 What the FDLE has done is write a blank check of immunity to any brute that works in the DJJ system. Instead of sending the message that this will never happen again they have sent the message that this can happen again and we will defend the abusers.
 After searching the FDLE's report, as to the beatings, I find there is no mention of any other boy/man other than the original four White House boys, Roger Kiser, Robert Straley, Michael O. McCarthy and Dick Colon. There are probably 75 to 100 men that received worse beatings than the above mentioned. Donald Smith, Bill Haynes and Jerry Cooper, each received well over 100 lashes, yet they are not mentioned in the FDLE's report. Jerry Cooper, at his own expense, took a lie detector test to confirm that his allegations were true. His scars were photographed. He passed the test and challenged Troy Tidwell to take a lie detector test as well. In Tidwell's statements of the beatings he says: "I never gave more than 10-15 gentle blows and never raised the whip over my head." He refused to submit to a polygraph test. He pled the Fifth Admendent when questioned over the death of Edgar Elton Source: http://journals.democraticunderground.com/madfloridian/4166
 Source:The Miami News, March 6, 1958: A study made of 250 white boys committed at one time to Marianna showed that at that point been given 691 whippings among them. Eleven year old boys received 260 or 38% of the beatings, and 17-year-old boys receive 21, or 3%. The older the boy, the fewer the beatings he received, records of the school showed at that time. End Source. Was this fear of retribution from the older boys or sadistic pleasure by the "whipmasters?"
Senate President Louis De La Parte' who hearing of the beatings, drove to FSB and came back to report to the local newspapers of "a blood splattered shed" which called for a state grand jury to intervene. This was squelched by Dempsey Barron, a legislative powerhouse. The FDLE says there was no evidence of blood found in the WhiteHouse. What they did not say was that the building was open to the elements by a narrow slit with bars that ran along the building in different places. After four decades of exposure to rain, mold and bacteria there would have been no blood evidence to find.
During a visit at FSB Judge Frank Orlando, of Fort Lauderdale stated: "When a couple of boys I sent up there came over to say hello I felt like a rat for sending them to that place."Governor Kirk: "If one of your kids were kept in such circumstances you'd be up here with rifles" Kirk said after a half day tour of the schools at Marianna and Okeechobee. "Somebody should have blown the whistle on Marianna a long time ago" Jack Levine and Claudia Wright took an unannounced trip to FSB and found boys as young as ten were being hogtied. They followed up with a class action law suite which eventually made major changes in the DJJ system.
 Unimaginable Conditions http://law.justia.com/cases/federal/appellate-courts/F2/516/1072/419711/ On the morning of September 1, 1944, Earl Wilson, a teenage prisoner at the Florida Industrial School at Marianna, Florida, was found dead in a "confinement cottage" (a cell approximately 7 feet by 10 feet, resembling a concrete bunker), where petitioner Foxworth (then 14 years of age) and seven other teenage boys (ages 11 to 17) had been held for periods varying from a few days in the case of some of the boys to a few weeks in the case of Foxworth himself. The cell contained one set of bunk beds, an open bucket for toilet needs (emptied once daily), a bucket for drinking water, and a continuously burning light bulb.
 Roy Manella, an official of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare, said at a Tallahassee news conference that "the Marianna institution was one of the worst examples in the nation of a boys' reform school. " Newspapers called it a monstrosity, 1400 acres of hell, all in all there are 64 newspaper archive reports that have been open to the public since at least 1958 and are listed on our web site. Many back up our allegations to the hilt. Source: http://thewhitehouseboysonline.com/ARTICLE-ARCHIVE-ON-MARIANNA.html
Lenox Williams, a former superintendent, was deposed in a court case: “Did the beatings ever get out of hand?” the attorney asked. He answered: “At times it did, yes.” In an interview by Ben Montgomery, Tampa Bay Times, Williams stated: He may have been aware of the beatings before he was appointed to superintendent in 1966. He paused over his grits, "I think there were some who might have enjoyed it on our staff. "They might have enjoyed the over-beating." Source: Ben Montgomery, St. Pete Times "For Their Own Good"
Audie E. Langston, former state superintendent said he didn't want to talk. "I just happened to be there when they caught a kid who was a runner. They caught him and took him into that building and one of the guys said, 'You should see this” Langston said in a short interview. "It was not a good thing. The people who were doing it thought they needed that method of control." Back then, Langston wrote a letter to his boss, O.J. Keller. He called what he saw "sickening."
"A young boy [was] taken into a stark, bare, dimly lit room where he was compelled to lie on a small cot and receive licks with a heavy leather strap. The strap was wielded by a man who was at least six foot 3 inches tall and weighed well over 200 pounds. His swing could be likened to a strong tennis serve as with a whip like effect at the end of the downswing. The results are sickening. The child quivers and writhes in a contorted manner from the pain of a sadistic treatment. It is not only repulsive but somewhat criminal in nature." Source: Ben Montgomery, St. Pete Times "For Their Own Good"
Howard James, Christian Science Monitor Reporter Another critic of the Florida system, Christian Science Monitor reporter Howard James, told the subcommittee earlier this year Marianna inmates are often beaten black and blue, sometimes until they bleed with a weighted leather paddle. James told the subcommittee the major problem is the type of people attracted to jobs there: "sadists, homosexuals, dull workers who can't find work anywhere else and those who care deeply about children" And James told the Dodd committee, "most" fall into the third category.
 We believe that the FDLE report was not only poorly done, but staged by the FDLE agents, including civilians who contributed to the report, as well as DJJ Staff, during the investigation. Their actions were criminal, contrived in nature so as to betray the public trust and to protect the guilty among the Dozier staff who knew that boys were subject to brutal abuse, both whipping with weighted leather razor belts (flogging) and sexual abuse for 68 years, including the abuse that went on after 1968 to this day. Leather whips went to hog-tying then to fists, elbows and deadly restraints, which are being used today in 2012 in juvenile facilities. Refer: http://thewhitehouseboysonline.com/ARCHIVE-THERE-IS-NO-EXCUSE.html http://thewhitehouseboysonline.com/ARTICLE-KIDS-CLAIM-ABUSE-THOMPSON.html
 To know of the felony abuse of a minor and not report it is a felony in the State of Florida. There are many men still alive that worked at this facility who are guilty of not reporting felony abuse of a child and are still within the statute of limitations. These men could be prosecuted and are presently employed at facilities around the state.
 I noticed there was no acknowledgment of this statement made by Sheila Wexler, who was Dr. Wexler's daughter. His daughter remembers helping her father, who had poor eyesight, when their family lived on campus. Sheila Wexler says she occasionally treated boys who had cuts or welts on their behind. "But if they needed a stitch, It would only be a few." Would you beat your child until they only needed to use stitches? A casual, horrific statement shows the mind set of the staff at Marianna, as openly stated by Dr. Wexler's own daughter. A statement that not only supports the victims allegations of savage beatings, but renders the mind-set of the residents of Jackson County. Source: St. Petersburg Times
 In early 2009 we were lucky to obtain as a writer, Robin Gaby Fisher, Pulitzer Prize winning investigative reporter and now full time writer: After The Fire (non-fiction) book and also has a documentary movie trailer. Robin wrote "The Boys of the Dark" A Story of Betrayal and Redemption in the Deep South published by St. Martin's Press, our non-fiction account of how this fifty year old secret came to national attention. Robin Gaby Fisher interviewed many people in Jackson County and provided a compelling account of the 111 year old facility and the town of Marianna that protected it in a veil of secrecy for decades. Roger Kiser published his own book: "The White House Boys" An American Tragedy.
 The State of Florida seems to have overlooked one thing: on October 21, 2008 Roger Kiser, Robert Straley, Dick Colon, Michael O'McCarthy and Bill Haynes were taken into the FSB/Dozier grounds to conduct the "Sealing of the Whitehouse Ceremony" to give a short speech, to be presented with a plaque in admission to their suffering, to plant a tree in remembrance of that day, and to view the 31 unmarked crosses. This was filmed by Carole Marbin Miller, of The Miami Herald, reported by Brendan Farrington, Associated Press, Rich Phillips & Ed Lavandera, CNN. The story went nationwide the next day. For all of you who look down on us and try to stop our journey to justice remember this: The officials knew of the abuse and brutal whippings or the ceremony would have never taken place. It was an admission and an apology. You cannot change history.
Dedicated to Michael O'McCarthy who died of a heart attack in Costa Rica during this investigation. Without him and his journalistic ties this story may never have been told. He was also a survivor of the "whitehouse" and involved in the "Rosewood Case" Thank you Michael
BREAKING NEWS Erin Kimmerle, Assistant Professor, USF Department of Anthropology and Richard Estabrook Director, Central Regional Center of the Florida Public Archeology Network, and their team is now conducting a forensic dig at the Dozier School "Boot Hill" location. So far they have cleared land and found over 20 anomalies, some of which indicate grave shafts. These were unmarked and hidden in the dense growth for an undetermined time. Kimmerle said it's clear that the marked cemetery doesn't account for all of the burials.