Leo Boatman: Product of the system or natural-born
Leo Boatman had 'uniquely awful' path to murder" ― If you believe the
killer, when he raised his rifle that day, he was aiming at all of us."
!!PEN PAL WANTED!! Leo Boatman is now 24 and would
appreciate pen pals. Pen pals will give him something to do, things
to think about...and a link to the 'real' world. He is interested in
exchanging ideas about travel, history and life. He can receive
letters and no more than 10 sheets of blank lined paper, 10 blank
envelopes & 20 stamps, per mailing.
Use this mailing address:
Leo Boatman 129327
Florida State Prison
7819 NW 228th St.
Raiford, FL 32026
For more information contact
Kids in custody in
the US are too often treated worse than animals. Click
here to read about Blade Reed in Indiana.
Then, sign the petition
Humane treatment for Blade Reed.
Don't Talk to Police!?roflmop.com received a link to a
video presentation by
Professor James Duane and Virginia Beach Police Department Officer
George Bruch. The title of the presentation is Don’t Talk
to Police! It warns that you can be convicted by talking to
the police even if you are innocent and tell the truth! Talking to the
police "can not help you!"
Click here to view the 48-minute video. To read your rights,
written by Bob Dillinger,
Florida Public Defender, 6th Circuit, click here.
Pinellas County Juvenile Justice Council - Public
DJJ bad apple
Bad Apples in
DJJ? No! Say it isn't so! If you learn of a
DJJ bad apple, tell us:
"Our conduct will
be professional and always place the public's interest above
self-interest. We will avoid any appearance of impropriety, prejudice,
threats, favoritism, or undue influences." ~DJJ
10-0078 - Employee abuse
for lewd and lascivious behavior
#10041470 - DUI
||Uliasz, James Joseph
-Abuse of Youth and Staff Violations
CCC 2009-05970 -
Abuse of 16 year-old boy
- Staff violations
2010-9 - Review of the Travel of Secretary Frank Peterman,
09-153 - Florida Commission on Ethics Complaint #09-153
Detention guard charged with cocaine trafficking to be fired
09-0005/CCC N/A - Improper conduct/computer misuse
200806181 - Drug violations
Guilty; 8 yrs in prison
DJJ IG # 2008-05253
- staff members (including the program director) are having
sexual relations with the juveniles at The Pines
|Stewart Marchman The
OIG 08-154 -
pornography viewing on state computers by St. Johns Regional
Juvenile Detention Center staff
Probe into officer
St. Augustine Record
way DJJ has
destroyed some of the
15 at SJRDC
St. Augustine Record
Hontz III, H.
|St. Johns JDC
principal to escape
2008-01870 - failure to perform 10-minute room checks on a
youth in isolation
CCC 2008-03583 - punching
juvenile at Manatee juvenile facility
CCC 2007-04544 - failure to
perform 10-minute room checks; false documentation
failure to perform 10-minute room checks on a youth in isolation
McCausland, Shadrick (CCSO)
Marino, Meghan (DJJ)
- Employed while on felony probation for
carrying a concealed fire arm
NOT INVESTIGATED BY
IG: "Carrying a Concealed Weapon-Firearm is not a
disqualifying offense... This matter does not need to be
||Palm Beach Juvenile
||Pinellas JDC - felony
possession of crack cocaine
08002634CF10A - DUI, reckless driving,
speeding, and fleeing the scene of an accident
||Thompson Academy YSI
DJJ IG 07-308 -
improper restraint and unnecessary force
072506 - DUI
Ever wonder why DJJ never seems to
get any better?
Click here... to learn how DJJ treats staff who attempt to work within
the "system" to make positive changes.
they can read!
years insisting that kids in Florida's Juvenile Detention Centers
be allowed to
read books in their sleeping rooms.
As of March 10, 2006, they
Click here to read the DJJ memo and to learn
the story behind the books. Also. read how new
DJJ Secretary Peterman "petered out"
when asked for help in 2002!
04/08/08 Peterman letter to DJJ Staff:
"[roflmop.com has] been blocked"
~Frank Peterman, Secretary, DJJ
WOW - One year later, minus one day - Pinellas
County Commissioner Calvin Harris, tells youth activist Cathy Corry
to SHUT UP, same as he told school teacher Dennis Segall... what's next
Pinellas County Commissioner
Calvin Harris tells the public to "SHUT UP" during a meeting
of the Circuit 6 Juvenile Justice Board. The target of Harris's outburst
was school teacher Dennis Segall, critical of the Board's activities, who spoke out
Pinellas County Commissioner Calvin Harris tells Cathy
Corry, "You, shut up!" during a meeting of the Circuit 6 Juvenile Justice
02/01/07 McNeil letter to DJJ staff:
"As...Governor Crist so eloquently has stated, this is the people’s
work, and we are public servants first and foremost. ...we will be
successful only if we work cooperatively with...parents, advocacy
groups, citizens...to reach our shared goals."
~Walter A. McNeil, Secretary, DJJ
01/18/07 From our servant government:
" . . . we are clueless."
01/18/07 From our servant
"It's been a long day." "We need more people." "We don't have the
infrastructure like all the other branches." "All my people must run,
jump and shoot." "I'm sorry if I had the flu."
~Greg Johnson, DJJ Assistant Secretary of Prevention
09/18/06 From our servant
"And you, shut up!"
Pinellas County Commissioner
12/05/06 From our servant government
system needs a conscience."
~Steve Casey, FL DJJ Deputy
01/30/06 From our servant government:
"The judges know what our kids need; the school system knows what
the kids need; the parents don't know what these kids need."
Pinellas County School Board member
11/10/04 From our servant government
discourage public comment."
~Marquita McGuire, DJJ
Watchdog of Florida's
Department of Juvenile Justice
This site was updated
mission is to give voice to all who participate in Florida’s
juvenile justice system: a voice
children, parents, and staff. Our goal
is to use that voice to make the system better; to transform it into a
service in which the entire community can be proud. TOGETHER, we make a
Injustice anywhere is a threat to
~Martin Luther King, Jr.
Committed to protecting your
because they are my rights too!
Donald A. Harrison
Attorney at Law
Criminal Defense Pinellas/Pasco/Hillsborough Counties
PO Box 189
Riverview, FL 33568-0189
Justice4Kids Adopt a Park
By the numbers: According to DJJ, Misdemeanor
Disorderly Conduct was the most common school-related referral during FY
2005-06 (5,223 or 26% of total). Click here for more about the
January 10, 2009
Report of the Blueprint Commission
roflmop.com calls on Blueprint Commission for independent oversight
of DJJ facilities
We've been Duped!
02/01/07 An Escambia JDC
Those juvenile arrest records you've been told were "confidential": they're not!
sells "confidential" juvenile arrest records on-line.
Click here for more.
Join the discussion at Yahoo
For more information on abuse in the juvenile justice
system, click here.
Suit alleges former Dozier school abused three boys
They changed the name, pushed out the superintendent,
reduced the population of young prisoners, retrained the staff
and fired employees caught sleeping on the job...But a
class-action lawsuit filed in federal court Friday claims kids
are still being abused and mistreated at the notorious
Department of Juvenile Justice program in rural Marianna...
Report: Broward schools too quick to call police
Broward County leads the state in the number of students
needlessly referred to the criminal justice system for
misbehaving in school, according to a report due to be issued
Tuesday by three civil rights groups. [complete
State steps in less and more kids die
The details of Nubia Barahona’s death are
grisly...Statistically, however, Nubia’s story is rather
common... Florida not only leads the United States in the number
of such deaths, it dominates the nation. [complete
Former Dozier school sees new management, again
Gavin Tucker, a Jackson County native and employee at the
center for 12 years, has been named the acting operations and
program manager [to replace Michael Cantrell]. “Hopefully the
Department (of Juvenile Justice) is wise enough to make it
permanent,” Cantrell said... [complete
The Boys of the Dark is the true
story of men forever haunted by the torture they endured as kids
at the hands of their jailers in the
infamous Florida School for Boys. This is "a story of betrayal
and redemption in the deep south" written by Robin Gaby Fisher with Michael O'McCarthy and Robert W. Straley.
Fisher is a
Pulitzer Prize winner and the New York Times best selling author
of After the Fire. O'McCarthy and Straley are survivors who
founded The White House Boys Survivor's Organization.
To read stories about the
"white house boys" as they emerged in the St. Petersburg
Times and other newspapers,
click here. For
more information, visit The White House Boys Survivor's
OfficialWhiteHouseBoys.org. Or, contact Robert Straley at
727.447.4441 or by email at
Also, contact Gus Barreiro at 786.586.3193. Barreiro, as a Florida State
Representative, led his committee to force the Florida
Department of Juvenile Justice to confront its failure to
services that strengthen families and turn around the lives of
troubled youth." Barreiro later worked in the Department where
he successfully fought to bring the story of the White House
Boys and conditions at the Florida School For
Boys to the nation's attention. He did it because he knew it
must be done. He also knew it would cost him his job.
To buy the book or read an excerpt from
The Boys of the Dark on Amazon.com,
After many years and many name changes, Florida School For
Boys was renamed Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys.
Most recently, July 2010, the facility was renamed North
Florida Youth Development Center, while apparently merging
with another co-located facility, Jackson Juvenile Offender
Regardless of the name changes by the State of Florida, the
address for all facilities is 4111 South Street, Marianna,
The sign for the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys was
taken down after the July 1, 2010 transition. The facility is
waiting on legislative action officially changing the facility’s
name before it installs a new sign with the new name.
10/11/09 Area pair among Florida's youngest
female inmates "Charged as an adult with unarmed carjacking,
Stephanie, who was then 15 years old, landed in jail in April
2008. Soon, she would start to disappear, just another girl who,
as her attorney put it, 'never really had a chance.'"
Continued Also visit
Kids as Adults
Zero tolerance for old policy
"Rather than zero tolerance, the new law
sets a better goal: policies should be 100 percent appropriate."
Continued... Also visit
Schoolhouse to Jailhouse Track
Among bars for ever “No more freedom. About ten thousands
offender serve in US prisons life term because of offences that
they committed as teenagers; about one quarter of them without
any chance to be released: life without parole.” Read this
European view of juvenile justice in America.
Continued... Also visit
Youth/Kids as Adults.
"If you believe that your child has been harmed while in the
care of the Department, we will be happy to review the case."-
John Walsh, Legal Aid Society of Palm Beach County. [Click
here to read the complete message.]
If you're not outraged, you're not
Abuse in DJJ?
When you tell J4K of your complaints, J4K ensures that your
allegations are reported for investigation. If you want J4K to
help, complete an online
J4K Incident Report.
"We will establish and maintain safe
programs for youth that will better prepare them for adulthood."
Here are some current cases under Peterman's regime... For more, click Child Abuse.
concerns? Abuse or neglect of youth?
Contact: Wansley Walters - cell 850-210-3815,
Hastings troubled-youth facility has troubles of its own:
A youth-care worker is arrested for trying to sell marijuana. A worker
is charged with pulling a knife on a 16-year-old. A worker is fired
after sexual touching with a 16-year-old...
JUSTICE 4 JUSTIN
Justin Caldwell was at the Dozier ISP when, on February 11,
2007, a guard violently, and without apparent provocation, threw
him to the floor. To watch the video record,
Teen Sentenced for Battering
11/08/07 Trial verdict comments from Isabelle Zehnder, CAICA)
Imprisoned since 13, an adult Justin Caldwell remains walled in
04/17/07 Justin Caldwell abused at Dozier School for Boys: The Truth
Justin Caldwell, an 18-year old boy, has been incarcerated in the
Florida Juvenile Justice System since he was 13. What should have been a
12-15 month stay in a residential treatment center to allegedly “help”
Justin turned into a five-year nightmare.
To read more of more cases, click Abuse!
Who would believe that DJJ's
DOVE ACADEMY in GRACEVILLE, Florida
would look like this?
06/09/07 Juvenile facilities
rated among state's worst
a guy! On 09/18/06 and again on 09/17/07 Pinellas County
Commissioner Calvin Harris tells the public to "SHUT UP" during meetings
of the Circuit 6 Juvenile Justice Board. The targets of Harris's
outbursts were a school teacher and a youth activist; critical of the
Board's activities, they spoke out of turn. Calvin Harris has been in
violation of the Board Bylaws because he has continued to be the Chair
of the Board for longer than the Bylaws allow. Harris, at the Board
meeting of July 17, 2006, dismissed the governing rules saying, "The
bylaws, its just a piece of paper."
Shawn Smith, Danny Matthews, Omar Paisley, and Martin Anderson never met but they did have
things in common: they were boys; they were in their teens; and they
died while in the custody and care of the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.
Click on a picture of each boy to read more.
If you are not
outraged you are not paying attention!
The English statesman and champion of human rights, Edmund
Burke stated: "All that is necessary for
the triumph of evil is that good men do nothing."
To report abuse/neglect that occur to youth
in FL's DJJ custody:
DJJ CCC: 800-355-2280
OR to send your complaint to Justice4Kids,
Our children need your voice!
If you have information regarding abuse, neglect, harassment, intimidation or
discrimination of children in any state or local governmental institution,
please contact roflmop.com by e-mail at
agree that the juvenile justice system must be reformed...Then you can begin to make some changes.
Here are a few suggestions:
County Juvenile Justice Council or
click here to find the JJC in your county;
Tell others about
the experiences you have had with the "system";
Hand out fliers at your
nearest JDC, court house and at neighborhood functions;
verify facts; and
Tell people about
Speak out on the roflmop.com blog
Juvenile Justice Florida Style at
Click here to contact us.
Welcome to roflmop.com! Hopefully,
this site will show you that you are not alone in your frustration with
Florida's juvenile justice system. You will find that aspects of the "system"
that are confusing, odd and, often, just plain wrong are not figments of your
imagination. Fortunately, there are moms and dads and grandparents, too, who can
help you and your family get through the tangled web of "juvenile justice".
Our site has 10 pages.
- Home This is our "home" page; it gives you an
overview and highlights latest activity.
Examples from experience and news reports that point out the absurdities of
the way Florida has, through the use of school "resource officers" and
laws, elevated what were once childhood pranks to criminal offences. In
addition, there is information about people in prison for life for crimes
committed as children. Here you will also find the Schoolhouse to Jail House
Track or Zero Tolerance gone astray and kids treated as adults.
- The Department
Recent events at Florida's Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ)
- Child Abuse
Stories of abuse by authorities on children and their parents are documented
here. If you have an incident of abuse that you wish to report, then
Incident Report Form on the
Abuse! page. My
Word! Here you will find questions asked and answered; commentaries and
accounts from other parents including the in-depth
Boot Camp Diary.
Boot Camps The fall of
Florida's boot camps as a means to discipline youth in the juvenile justice
system as a result of the death of Martin Lee Anderson.
- My Word! Here you will find
questions asked and answered; commentaries and accounts from other parents
including the in-depth Boot Camp Diary.
- Our Blog: J4KBuzz Our blog is
described here along with a link to our retired Bulletin Board comments.
- Web Sites This is a list of one-click e-mail
and website addresses for people and organizations that may be of help.
In addition, you will find:
Documents We continue to collect policies,
procedures and brochures that directly effect parents and youths confronted
with the juvenile justice|
are guidelines for
when to file a complaint with the head of the Department of Juvenile Justice
or with the DJJ Inspector General.|
Here, the bureaucratic language of the juvenile justice system -- acronyms
and jargon -- is translated into "English." |
FastFacts & Voices These are single-topic
fliers that explain various aspects of the juvenile justice system. The fliers
are produced by roflmop.com and distributed at court and at the
JDC --- two places where families who find themselves in the juvenile justice
system are likely to congregate.|
- News Clips This page is a
compilation of news paper articles dating back to 2000 that deal with the
Department of Juvenile Justice.
- Contacts On this page you can
complete a form and e-mail it to roflmop.com. In addition, there are
links to newspaper reporters who write about DJJ activities. And, last, but
not least, you can write Florida State Legislators.
Remember, together we make a difference!