Florida Gov. Rick Scott and his Cabinet unanimously voted to issue permits to the researchers on Tuesday morning. The vote drew a round of applause from former students of the reform school in the audience.
“This decision puts us a step closer to finishing the investigation,” U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL) said in a statement. “Nothing can bring these boys back, but I’m hopeful that their families will now get the closure they deserve.”
The graves for at least 22 boys who died while at Dozier have never been located.