The former director of boys' lockup Thompson Academy, Renza "Craig" Ferguson, resigned under a cloud of suspicion in March. Staff members had made allegations that he was transporting young male inmates off campus and bringing them home to shower.
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Cover story: Kids claim abuse at juvenile lockupOur colleague Lisa Rab has moved away from Broward County, but one of the most important issues she covered for New Times is still unresolved. Circuit court judges are still trying to figure out what to do about Thompson Academy, a privately run jail f ... More >>
The state Department of Juvenile Justice does not have a stellar track record of competency or efficiency. When a prison guard was twice accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy at a Pembroke Pines juvie lockup, DJJ didn't hear about the incidents until months after they allegedly occurred. ... More >>
For more than a year, New Times has been investigating Thompson Academy, a publicly funded, privately run juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines where teens have alleged they faced physical and sexual abuse. Most recently, the lockup's top administrator, Craig Ferguson, left his post while unde ... More >>
One year after Thompson Academy settled a federal lawsuit alleging a 14-year-old boy was twice sexually assaulted by a counselor at the lockup, the head of the Pembroke Pines juvenile detention center is facing scrutiny. Administrator Craig Ferguson has left his post amid allegations that he took re ... More >>
Youth Services InternationalA photo from a morale-boosting event at Thompson.The Pembroke Pine police have investigated this beating, which we first reported on January 7. Read more after the jump.Regla Cazañas holds up a picture of her 17-year-old son's swollen face. His pale skin is marred by ... More >>
Martha Stewart - Scottish by "sex".Craig Ferguson and Martha Stewart cozy up (sort of) during last night's Late Late Show, and make pure television magic.
Martha fesses up that she had never met Ferguson before and immediately Craig says she smells as good as he always dreamed she would. ... More >>
Youth Services InternationalA snapshot from a 2010 event at Thompson.Three years ago, signs of trouble began to emerge at the privately run Thompson Academy juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines. Gordon Weekes, head of the juvenile division at the Broward Public Defender's Office, wrote a l ... More >>
YSIThompson held a morale-boosting event before the abuse allegations came to light.A 15-year-old boy's allegation that he was twice sexually assaulted by a male counselor at the Thompson Academy juvenile detention center is "unfounded," according to police."There is no evidence to show that a se ... More >>
Flickr user: Mark CogginsNo tours allowed.The state Department of Juvenile Justice has denied New Times' request to tour Thompson Academy, the detention center in Pembroke Pines where some teenagers have alleged they were physically and sexually abused.Samadhi Jones, a spokesperson for DJJ, offer ... More >>
Youth Services InternationalYSI posted a snapshot from the event.Nine months before a federal lawsuit alleging physical and sexual abuse was filed against a juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines, the facility held a morale-boosting event designed to "keep the peace."The January event was or ... More >>
flickr user: Mark CogginsAre the other kids safe?A lawsuit filed earlier this month accuses the operator of Thompson Academy, a juvenile detention facility in Pembroke Pines, of turning a blind eye to sexual assaults, physical abuse, and intimidation of its young residents by staff members.The Pe ... More >>