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Fernández Rundle vows grand jury inquiry into Florida juvenile justice abuses

MiamiHerald / Disturbed by stories about the rape of teens by supervisory staff, a pandemic of sometimes savage force, brutal beatdowns ordered by youth care workers and policies that permit the hiring of violent offenders, Miami-Dade’s state attorney wants to know more about what is going on in the Florida juvenile justice system.

She is asking a grand jury to investigate.

State Attorney Katherine Fernández Rundle’s resolve comes two months after the Miami Herald published a six-part series, called Fight Club , which documented abuses within Department of Juvenile Justice detention centers and residential programs. The grand jury inquiry will be the third such investigation since 2003, when the preventable death of a Miami detainee from a burst appendix convulsed DJJ, ending the career of the agency’s top administrator, as well as another two dozen employees.

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