OYDC closure brings an end to troubled history

OKEECHOBEE — The announcement from the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) that the contract for the Okeechobee Youth Development Center expires in December 2020 and will not be renewed brings an end to the facility’s 60-year-long history in Okeechobee. First opened in 1959 as a second campus for the Florida School for Boys in […]

TrueCore juveniles accused of attacking staff members

OKEECHOBEE — In September, the Lake Okeechobee News ran a story about a teacher at the TrueCore Youth Correctional Center, who was allegedly battered by two youths, Jerahmeel King, 15, and Jerek Orrand, 16, inmates at the center. The teacher, Al Cole, claimed he had been in his office preparing for a class when the […]