The state of Florida had a sadistic policy of exploiting children from lower-income, broken homes, and torturing them to bloody pulp through the use of weighted leather flogging straps. As many as 40, 60, 80, 100 and more lashes were perpetrated against children as young as nine to sixteen.
The immediate results of such ferocious treatment were double vision, with the skin beaten black as coal, and skin torn off leaving flowing blood. Many boys were beaten so violently their underwear became ingrained with their bloodied, injured skin and muscles, and had to be surgically removed at a hospital. We are taking about the intentional, systematic infliction of extreme, horrific pain equal to pouring boiling water repeatedly over the skin, or pressing a red-hot steel plate to the skin repeatedly plus the weight of a three pound or four pound leather paddle with a sheet metal insert slamming down hard against skin and muscle.
Long term results were severely lowered self esteem, lifetimes of anger, distrust, frustration, failed marriages, and immense psychological problems, among other problems. These children your state spit on were kept in continual states of fear of being severely beaten for the smallest of infractions such as talking about going home, smoking a cigarette, not smiling, using the wrong tone of voice, talking after lights out.
I was present at many beatings at FSB Okeechobee. Some kids were beaten unconscious. One guy was systematically tortured for several weeks. One kid was severely beaten in Marianna, became paralyzed from it, was sent home, and died four days later.
If you doubt any of this, you can google this: The White House Boys. Theirs is only part of the story.
There were also a great deal of corruption, incompetence, and exploitation in the city governments of Florida. I, myself, know of examples where known serial-felons in our community who committed several felonies against me were protected by police from arrest and prosecution.
There is a great deal more to these stories than you will ever know.
Vero Beach, Florida