The Florida School for Boys, also known as the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys (AGDS), was a reform school operated by the state of Florida in the panhandle town of Marianna from January 1, 1900, to June 30, 2011.
Following revelations from former inmates who had been incarcerated at the school in the 1950s and 1960s, who described themselves as "The White House Boys", the school was the subject of an extensive special report, For Their Own Good, published by the St. Petersburg Times in 2009. Allegations focusing on the 1960s included claims that one room was used for whipping white boys, and another for black boys. The whippings were carried out with a belt made of leather and metal, three feet long, and were thorough enough that the recipients' underwear became embedded in their skin. One inmate said that the punishments were severe, but justified. But another claimed that he had seen a boy trapped in a running laundry dryer at the school, and suspected the boy was killed.
By jbottero @ 2013-06-15 10:56:22