Residents were removed from Milton Girls Juvenile Residential Facility following revelations of abuse

This facility in Milton, Florida closed in December 2012, “on the heels of an admissions freeze the [Department of Juvenile Justice] enacted … amid allegations of unsafe conditions.” The closure followed release of video surveillance showing physical abuse of a resident. Further investigation by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (“DJJ”) resulted in the arrest of a male staff member for allegedly sexually assaulting six girls at the facility. The staff member was found guilty of sexual misconduct and sentenced to 25 years in prison. DJJ transferred all youths in the facility to other programs and released a statement, explaining that, “[r]ecently, many youth in the facility expressed concerns for their personal safety to DJJ, the Department of Children and Family Services and local law enforcement.” To read the full article, click here.