Florida's Children First

Transparency? Not so much

July 26, 2011 When 14-year-old Martin Lee Anderson died after a beating at a notorious Florida boot camp for wayward youth, the state’s public records law allowed release of the tape showing what happened — all in the public interest. The public outcry was such that state-sanctioned boot camps were shut down.

What can Floridians learn about their taxpayer-financed programs aimed at helping troubled juveniles straighten up? The case of Eric Perez, who died at a West Palm Beach lockup for juveniles, warrants that transparency. Why did Eric die? Why wasn’t a doctor or nurse alerted immediately when the painfully ill youth cried out for help?


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