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Resource ID: #16297
Subject: Juvenile Justice System
Source: Post (Palm Beach, Fla.)
Date: July 11-12, 1999; July 15-16, 1999; Aug. 25, 1999; Aug. 27, 1999; Sept. 2-3, 1999; Sept. 30, 1999



The Palm Beach Post investigated Florida's juvenile justice experiment: the Pahokee Youth Development Center, a complex housing a large number of "moderate risk" children. The children housed in Pahokee were eligible for half-way houses or "boot camps," but instead were placed in a former adult prison. Upon investigation, the publication revealed that the experiment is a disaster. The Post documented "nagging problems of incompetence and abuse. The series cited numerous instances of guards, often only a few years older than their charges, physically abusing the youth or turning a blind eye toward youth-on-youth violence."

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