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. See also: - Our cover story on abuse at Thompson A ... More >>
Intratribal conflicts are the worst. A debate on the U.S. presidential election at the Ross Jewish Community Center in West Boynton Beach on August 21 should have been an occasion for reasoned discourse and public enlightenment. Instead, it was a hysterical (in both senses) screamfest, peppered with ... 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 >>
The complaints echo similar allegations at Thompson Academy.News at Florida's juvenile detention centers has not been good lately. At some state-run facilities, teenagers are allegedly being doped up on anti-psychotic drugs to control their behavior. At Thompson Academy, a privately run lockup in ... More >>
Ending a seven-month legal battle that raised questions about living conditions at private juvenile prisons, the teenagers who alleged they were physically and sexually abused at the Thompson Academy in Pembroke Pines have reached a settlement with the owners of the for-profit lockup.A federal cl ... More >>
Defendants allege the sex was consensual.The 14-year-old boy who filed a lawsuit alleging he was twice sexually assaulted by a counselor at the Thompson Academy juvenile detention center last year was a willing participant in the encounters, lawyers for the Pembroke Pines center allege.In court d ... More >>
This week's New Times cover story explores allegations of abuse and violence at the Thompson Academy juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines. One of the most disturbing allegations, outlined in a federal class-action lawsuit, involves a 15-year-old boy who says he was twice forced to have ora ... 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 >>
Photo by Mark Foley, courtesy Florida House of RepresentativesGarcia was not happy with what he saw at Thompson.Miami Beach state Rep. Luis Garcia, Jr. last week got a rare glimpse inside the Pembroke Pines juvenile detention center where teenagers allege they were physically and sexually abused. ... More >>
Flickr user: Mark CogginsOnly one abuse allegation was verfied by investigators.Thirteen separate cases of child abuse were reported at the Thompson Academy juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines last year. Teenage boys at the 154-bed lockup said they endured a range of horrific incidents -- ... 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 >>
White-nationalist reads in the United States and Europe reflect anti-migrant hatred in a grim economy.
Russell Pearce and other illegal-immigration populists rely on misleading, right-wing reports to scapegoat immigrants and terrify penny-pinched Americans.
Flickr user:Mark CogginsFive children are named as plaintiffs in the suit.More teenagers have come forward with allegations of physical abuse and mistreatment at the Thompson Academy juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines. Last month, a 15-year-old boy alleged in a federal lawsuit that he ha ... More >>
Flickr user: Mark CogginsThe company has a checkered history in Florida.A recent lawsuit alleging sexual assault and physical abuse of inmates at the Thompson Academy juvenile detention center in Pembroke Pines is the latest in a string of abuse accusations lodged against the facility's owner.For ... More >>
FlickrGuile Hitler: Does Browne believe in White Power? Or just the Green?His friends in the white supremacist community may be able to forgive John Harold Browne for being a scam artist -- and with his legal history for fraud, that's a strong possibility. But they must be positively scandalized ... More >>
Joyce Tarnow (hearts) John TantonJohn Tanton's name is getting a lot of play. Depending on who you talk to, Tanton is either a raging pro-eugenics racist with a deep-seated animosity toward brown people -- or -- a beaming, professorial Renaissance man with an insatiable curiosity and an infallibl ... More >>
Dayworkers looking for work outside LW Home Depot.After last week's Community Relations Board meeting in Lake Worth, where a reading group from the Night Heron Grassroots Activism Center presented a PowerPoint lecture on hate groups operating in Lake Worth, I posted a couple of items on the meeti ... More >>
Support for AZ Sheriff Joe's draconian immigration enforcement.The Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is under scrutiny in Lake Worth these days. As we reported yesterday, residents packed a small room at Monday night's CRB meeting to hear a presentation on local "hate groups," inc ... More >>
Flickr: Paul GarlandManalapan Police Chief Clay Walker says his investigators are wrapping up their case against the two men involved in the knife fight Monday night at the Ritz Carlton, where Nazi historian David Irving was giving a speech. He expects to deliver investigative findings to the Pal ... More >>
Flickr user: Jon LeightonProtestors at a David Irving event in England.The knife fight that broke out during Holocaust-denier David Irving's speech at the Ritz-Carlton on Manalapan this week appears to be the latest twist in an ongoing spat between two white supremacist factions, according to a w ... More >>
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Don't you believe these statistics, hombre.
To Be a Reef
Before you throw that punch, brawler, flash your pearlies for Diablo.
The folks who are "reclaiming America for Christ" are pushing an agenda for a Taliban-like state where Scripture is law
The "world's longest film festival" needs to tighten things up a bit
Letters for September 20, 2001
The South Florida Aryan Alliance, the World Church of the Creator, the Aryan Werwulfes: They're here, they're white, get used to it
Don Black fills the Internet with hate and calls for a revolution to split the country along racial lines