From the sheriff that gave you “You kill a policeman it means no arrest…no Miranda rights…no negotiations…nothing but as many bullets as we can shoot into you…PERIOD.” comes this revelation: ‘Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd denied Wednesday that any juvenile inmates have been mistreated. He said the county houses the young inmates for less money and offers a better facility and services than the state Department of Juvenile Justice.” The sad truth is that most likely he is correct if the standards of the Dozier School are any indication of legislative concern for children.
Then again it is a sad situation because in his jail “…As a result, she said, juvenile inmates are left at risk for physical assaults and correctional officers routinely taunt them and use pepper spray as punishment. Suicidal youth are forced to strip naked in front of other children and are isolated in a cell for 23 hours a day, she said.
“All children in Sheriff Grady Judd’s custody are deprived of the education, individualized treatment and rehabilitation services that are reasonably calculated to help youth make positive life decisions once they are released from custody,” the lawsuit said….”
All of this is legal because: “….It’s legal and we are housing them safer, and meeting all the standards and saving taxpayers millions of dollars.”
“A law spearheaded by Judd and passed by the Florida Legislature last year allows counties, as a money-saving measure, to hold juveniles awaiting trial in the adult jail, as long as they are separated from adult inmates. The law center said that while other jails in Florida have taken over the pretrial detention of juveniles, Polk is the only county to apply adult jail standards to their treatment….”
Polk Sheriff Judd defends treatment of juveniles in jail