Arthur G. Dozier School for boys

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Current status Open
Image:Detainees.gif Capacity 105
Checked October 8, 2011
Image:Open.gif Opened 1900
Image:Close.gif Closed 2011

The Arthur G. Dozier School for boys is a state-run facility for males aged between 13 to 21. It was founded in 1900. It was previous known as the Florida School for boys.

According to St. Petersburg Times some of the noteworthy milesstones are: In 1903, investigators found children shackled like prisoners. In the 1940s, '50s and '60s, boys were beaten bloody with a leather strap. In the 1980s, investigators found that boys were being hogtied and kept in isolation for weeks at a time [1].

The capacity is around 105 but has recently been 135 [1].

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  • The use of corporal punishment at the facility was outlawed in 1968 [2]
  • Around 2007-2008 a number of former detainees began to speak up about the abuse and use of corporal punishment at the facility [3]
  • In 2009 an FDLE investigation into a number of graves at the facility was over [4]. However the investigation was criticized for not including interviews with the witnesses. Vitale evidence was lost over the years.
  • December 2009 it was revealed that the facility has failed its annual evaluation [1]
  • During the summer of 2011 it was announced that the facility would close [5][6]

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References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys fails annual evaluation, By Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore (St. Petersburg Times), Tampabay.com, December 30, 2009
  2. Documents detail abuse at Florida School for Boys, By Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore (St. Petersburg Times), Tampabay.com, March 6 2010
  3. Graves at Florida reform school 'hold secret of decades of abuse', by Jacqui Goddard, The Times, December 11, 2008
  4. FDLE investigation into Florida School for Boys cemetery is over, but mystery lingers, , By Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore (St. Petersburg Times), Tampabay.com, May 16, 2009
  5. Long overdue end to Dozier School for Boys' legacy of abuse, By Times Wire, May 26, 2011
  6. Economic Impact of Dozier School for Boys Closure, by Bryan Anderson, WTVY, July 7, 2011
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