FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE....Friday, December 2, 2011, Department of Justice Releases Investigative Findings on the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center in Marianna Florida.
WASHINGTON – Following a comprehensive investigation, the Justice Department today announced its findings that the state of Florida’s oversight system failed to detect and sufficiently address harmful practices at both the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys and the Jackson Juvenile Offender Center (JJOC), which together constituted the North Florida Youth Development Center (NYFDC).
Despite the closure of these horror facilities, the deficiencies found by the United States implicate the continuing oversight obligations of the state. The state’s lack of adequate controls permitted these violations to persist. It is incumbent upon the state to ensure that the unconstitutional conditions of confinement identified in the report do not exist at its other juvenile justice institutions.
The United States announced its investigation of the NYFDC facilities on April 7, 2010, in accordance with the Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act of 1994. On May 26, 2011, Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) announced the pending closure of Dozier and JJOC.
The facilities were officially closed on June 30, 2011, and the residents were transferred to juvenile justice institutions throughout the state. The Justice Department found reasonable cause to believe that a pattern or practice of unconstitutional conduct and/or violations of federal law occurred in several areas, including:
•Unconstitutional uses of disciplinary confinement;
•Deliberate indifference to youth at risk of self-injurious and suicidal behaviors;
•Violations of youth’s due process rights; and
•Failure to provide necessary rehabilitation services.
These violations were the result of the state’s failed system of oversight and accountability. To protect the youth in its remaining facilities, the state must take immediate measures to assess the full extent of its failed oversight with the assistance of experts in juvenile protection from harm issues. The state must also strengthen its oversight processes by implementing a more rigorous system of hiring, training and accountability, more at link
Two Cemeteries at Dozier School For Boys Marianna Fl, One For White Boys and One For Colored Boys and the Murdered Boys ?
Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Florida also known as the Florida State Reform School, questions still remain about if there are individuals buried at a second Cemetery called "Number 1"on the South Side of Dozier “Boot Hill”about a 1/4 mile from the "White House" torture chamber.
Florida Industrial School for Boys, Grave Search Results, Records 1 of 65 total matches. Cemetery notes and/or description: This small field is located in the woods on the present grounds of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys, a state juvenile correction facility. Originally known as the Florida State Reform School (Established in 1900) and later the Florida Industrial School for Boys, the institution has a notorious reputation as an abusive place in its earlier years, complete with a torture chamber known as the "White House".
The cemetery was active from about 1914 to 1952. Since death certificates were not required prior to 1917 and subsequent records are not complete, it is not known how many people are interred here. State Investigators believe at least 81 are buried here and at another location about 500 yards to the north.
The argument for two locations is bolstered by the fact that it was not the custom in the days when the cemetery was active to bury whites and coloreds at the same site (The races were also segregated at this facility). 31 metal crosses were erected at this location near extant shallow indentations in the ground in 1996 to replace concrete/rebar crosses from the 1960's that had been removed and stored near the site...It is believed wooden crosses or no markers were originally employed...
It appears from the 2009 FDLE investigation and information obtained from School records that both white and "colored boys" were buried in the same cemetary, this does not ring true in the Deep South from 1919 to 1952, especially in Marianna Fl where an active KKK chapter was in operation up until the 1960's.
Ku Klux Klan (KKK) activism in Florida increased as a reaction against the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 1960s. Sixty one (61) African-Americans (Negros) were lynched in Florida from 1921-1946. Among the more notorious murders by Klan members in Florida was the lynching of the Negro Claude Neal in Marianna Fl. Neal’s lynching was followed by a race riot in the town of Marianna in which white KKK rioters attempted to drive all blacks out of the city.
TIME MAGAZINE; RACES: They Done Me Wrong, Monday, Nov. 05, 1934.
ACTUAL NEWSPAPER NOTICE..NEGRO LYNCHING..Macon (Georgia) Telegraph, and in the Marianna Daily Times-Courier October 26, 1934. “Big Preparation Made for Lynching Tonight“.GREENWOOD, Fla., Oct. 26—Local citizens have been preparing all day for the lynching of a negro scheduled to take place here tonight. This morning a mob seized Claude Neal, 23, from a jail in Brewton, Ala., where he had been held in connection with the murder of white girl which took place here several days ago. “All white folks are invited to the party,” said the announcement issued by the mob’s Committee of Six.
In January 1949, Klansmen held a motorcade through Tallahassee FL before newly- inaugurated governor Fuller Warren, a former Klansmen himself. Florida Governor Fuller Warren was born in Blountstown Fl which is just 35 miles south of KKK run Marianna Fl. Florida Gov. Fuller Warren (Jan 4th, 1949 to Jan 6th, 1953) was linked to the Marianna-Blountstown KKK klavern. Florida Gov. Fuller Warren was educated locally in the public schools of Blountstown Fl from 1919 to 1923. Burial Gov. Fuller Warren: Nettle Ridge Cemetery, Blountstown Calhoun County, Florida, USA.
The Ku Klux Klan membership roster in Florida during the 1940' to 1960's included sheriffs, lawyers, doctors, wealthy businessmen and city councilmen -- and the Florida governor, Fuller Warren.
During the 1930's to the early 1960's, the violence and murder of young boys at the Dozier School for Boys was covered up by local Guards, Administrators, Sheriff's and all the way up to the Governor.
During the 1970s and 80s, the Klan splintered into competing factions and its membership declined. That trend continued in the 1990s. Today, although its numbers are relatively small, Florida has one of the more active Klans, and its commitment to racial hatred and prejudice have not gone away.
White boys and Negro boys were not buried together in the Dozier School for Boys “Boot Hill” Cemetery between 1900 and the early 1960's in KKK run Marianna Fl, "Get Real it never happened", there must be a second Cemetery.
Bill Warner Sarasota Private Investigator, SEX, CRIME, CHEATERS & TERRORISM at www.wbipi.com