Big Cypress Wilderness Institute

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Checked January 4, 2012

Big Cypress Wilderness Institute is wilderness based residential program where the youth can serve time working in Big Cypress Reserve.

It is run by the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). However a private firm known as AMIkids Big Cypress are responsible for the daily operation [1]

The average stay is between 9-12 months.

The target group is male teenagers aged between 14 and 18.

In the news

Despite written orders not to drive residents in cars belonging to DJJ, a camp counselor took some boys for a drive where he crashed. 17 year old Daniel Huerta died as result of the crash [2]. A lawsuit was filed on behalf of those who were left behind [3]

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  1. Swamp Boys, homepage
  2. Camp driver in deadly accident had driving record, BY CAROL MARBIN MILLER, The Miami Herald, December 19, 2011
  3. Lawsuit filed over fatal 'Swamp boys' crash; driver had 18 tickets, suspended license,By AISLING SWIFT, Naples News, January 3, 2012