USF details report on Dozier school for boys

Posted at 11:00 AM, Jan 21, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-21 14:28:02-05
The Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna was shuttered in 2011 and some former students have accused authorities of both physical and sexual abuse. 
Researchers with the University of South Florida are scheduled to issue a final report on their findings on the school.
The school first opened in 1900 and initially was a home for children convicted of serious crimes. But according to researchers this was expanded to include minor offenses including truancy.
For at least a decade, some former students from the 1950s and 1960s have accused employees and guards at the school of physical and sexual abuse, but the Florida Department of Law Enforcement concluded after an investigation that it couldn't substantiate or dispute the claims because too much time had passed.
Many former Dozier inmates from that era call themselves "The White House Boys" after the white building where they say the worst abuse took place.
Records showed 31 burials at the Marianna school between its opening in 1900 and its 2011 closure for budget reasons.
But USF researchers found the remains of more people. According to researchers, the school underreported deaths; didn't provide death certificates, names or details in many cases, particularly involving black boys; and simply reported some boys who disappeared as no longer at the school.
State officials, including Attorney General Pam Bondi, pushed to give researchers the ability to exhume remains from the site.