"Miami Herald investigation: Young inmates beaten and raped in prison broomstick ritual", A "Test of the Heart" is described as the routine punishment of young inmates by other inmates; inserting a broomstick and raping the boys' anus. What is happening in Florida's prisons is medieval.
There is one man responsible: Gov. Rick Scott.
Let's be clear about Rick Scott: he is a self-made centi-millionaire whose fortune grew from his skill navigating (some would call it, "gaming") complex rules and regulations governing health care. This man, in other words, knows rules and regulations.
So why has Gov. Scott proven so completely inept at supervising top officials in law enforcement and prisons, so inept at administering rules and codes of behavior and conduct? The answer doesn't matter: he is a one-man show, without competent staff, or he is indifferent, cruel or heartless, or plain uninterested in any behavior other than that ruled by capitalism. The shame can't go on.
"Inmates are greeted, almost from the day they arrive, with the harshest realities of Florida’s abusive prison system. Over the past year, since the Herald began investigating the state’s prisons, the DOC has fired, and other agencies have arrested, dozens of corrections officers — including a number at Lancaster — for beating inmates and then lying on official reports to cover up their wrongdoing. Since May 8, 2015, the department has dismissed 316 employees for cause, Lewis said."
So in other words, ours is a governor who allowed medieval conditions to fester in one of the largest prison populations in the nation per capita, tolerating rage and abuse and mistreatment at the youngest, lowest level of incarceration.
It is Florida's governor who needs to be fired for cause: not later, now.