Sunday, March 2, 2008


About this story:

This story is based on more than 100 hours of interviews with 27 men who were sent to the Florida School for Boys in the 1950s and '60s, and with current and former officials with the state, the school and the Department of Juvenile Justice. The interviews were supplemented with newspaper clippings, congressional and court testimony, archival photographs and other documents.

Over five months, the reporters traveled to Marianna four times. Since launching its investigation, the Florida Department of Law Enforcement has sealed access to the school, now called the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. Through his attorney, Troy Tidwell declined to be interviewed.

The Times plans continued coverage of the Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys. To talk to a reporter, call (727) 893-8650 (e-mail Ben Montgomery) or (727) 892-2283 (e-mail Waveney Ann Moore)

Credits:Story: Ben Montgomery and Waveney Ann Moore

Photos and video: Edmund D. Fountain

Editor: Kelley Benham

Photo editor: Patty Yablonski

Video editors: Edmund D. Fountain and Catriona Stuart

Multimedia design: Desiree Perry

Google map: Darla Cameron

Print design: Joshua Engleman

Research: Caryn Baird