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Reports: Augusta Youth Development Campus inmate dies

Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2011 7:37 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 11:07 PM
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An inmate at Augusta Youth Development Campus died Tuesday from injuries sustained Monday, according to media reports.

No details were provided about the incident that occurred about 9 p.m. Monday. The victim was taken to a hospital, but Department of Juvenile Justice spokeswoman Emily Gest did not say which one, nor did she identify the inmate.

WFXG-TV and WRDW-TV reported that the inmate was 19-year-old Jade Holder from Sylvester, Ga. His mother, Evangeline Holder, told WFXG that Jade was pronounced dead around 3 p.m. Tuesday.

Richmond County Coroner Grover Tuten told WRDW that Holder died from his injuries at a local hospital Tuesday.

Calls by The Augusta Chronicle to Tuten were not immediately returned Tuesday night.

Gest said the commissioner has requested that the Georgia Bureau of Investigation look into the incident to determine whether criminal charges will be filed.

A statement from the department says: “Should there be any evidence of staff or youth misconduct or criminal activity, DJJ will take all appropriate measures, including referrals for criminal prosecution. Additional precautionary measures are being used to ensure the safety for the youth and staff.”

Mike Ayers, the GBI’s special agent in charge for this region, declined to comment Tuesday evening.

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Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/08/11 - 09:52 pm
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"Should there be any evidence

"Should there be any evidence of ...misconduct or criminal activity...referrals for criminal prosecutions." Would any suspected youth be referred for prosecution as an adult inasmuch as his behavior would be "prima facie" evidence of a failure of the juvenile "justice" system to rehabilitate him?

Juvenile "justice," internal audit, honest politician, and "student" athlete are but four examples of the oxymoronic language to which the public is subjected by self-serving corporate and governmental organizations.

jdsgirl63
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jdsgirl63 11/08/11 - 11:55 pm
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Whats with the "Youth

Whats with the "Youth Development Campus" title?? It's a jail. The guards there can't even call them "inmates", they have to call them "students". Seriously.

Ugh, I have so much to say about the lack of attention there - but it'll just come across as bitter, and its always better to let the GBI do their job and not speculate.

I hope we find out what really happened, and that some heads roll and maybe, just maybe, some changes are made.

My heart and prayers are with this young mans family, no matter why he was there, they lost a loved one in a very violent manner. Completely unacceptable.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/09/11 - 12:08 am
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The juvenile justice system

The juvenile justice system doesn't work. My condolences to the family.

princess2009
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princess2009 11/09/11 - 08:25 am
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This is absoutley senseless.

This is absoutley senseless. It's sad what happend to this young man. Whom ever was at fault should be punished, I do believe. Correct me if i'm wrong but I thought that you went to the county jail when you turn 17 or 18. Again this is sad and senseless, my prayers are with the family, and may justice be served in this case.

madgerman
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madgerman 11/09/11 - 08:27 am
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I would bet that if the PC
Unpublished

I would bet that if the PC title of this facility was published anywhere outside of Augusta, folks would liken it to a high cost tutoring facility, rather than what it is. The real question is raised by "I'm back). Just what ages are in there and what do they do during election time? After all they aren't criminals, merely students/adults trying to develop their ???? and they have a right to vote if they haven't been convicted of a crime. And finally why am I, a n ARC taxpayer, paying for the development of someone from Sylvester GA? In any event if they can't manage the security of the facility - then close it down. I seriously hope the family of this young man sues the rear end off the taxpayers for placing her son in a situation where gangs control the facility.

bdouglas
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bdouglas 11/09/11 - 09:08 am
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Wasn't it formerly called

Wasn't it formerly called RYDC? As in Regional Youth DETENTION Center? When did that change?

eb97
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eb97 11/09/11 - 09:21 am
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If the family would contact

If the family would contact the Georgia Advocacy Org. at thegao.org, the federal government will get involved without being contacted by the powers that be. The GAO's attorneys and investigators will make sure justice is served for anyone involved in this death or wrong doing of this person.

gmt
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gmt 11/09/11 - 09:29 am
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This page shows the

This page shows the difference between Detention Center and Development Center.

http://www.djj.state.ga.us/FacilitiesPrograms/fpRYDCAndYDC.shtml

augusta citizen
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augusta citizen 11/09/11 - 09:45 am
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Prayers to the family in

Prayers to the family in their time of grief.

Yes, bdouglas, it used to be named Regional Youth Detention Center.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 11/09/11 - 09:51 am
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The basic truth here is we

The basic truth here is we are mixing juveniles with adult level, but underaged, hardened criminals. That is bad enough, but we do not invest in staffing and the laws as written do not differentiate so we end up with a 'Lord of the Flies' society inside the wire.

allhans
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allhans 11/09/11 - 10:01 am
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This is awful. How can a

This is awful. How can a person be beaten to death and no one noticed, or maybe, cared.

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Willow Bailey 11/09/11 - 10:02 am
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Mrs. Holder, my prayers &

Mrs. Holder, my prayers & condolences to you and your family for the loss of your precious son. Let your son's life count by seeking answers for his senseless death. I pray that you will have comfort, strength, wisdom and guidance and that you are surrounded by family and friends who love you.

May God be with you and may justice be served.

stillamazed
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stillamazed 11/09/11 - 11:47 am
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Yet another senseless death

Yet another senseless death in our area. Very sad, prayers to this young mans family. Hopefully the truth will be revealed and the family can have some type of closure.

barbrail
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barbrail 11/09/11 - 01:07 pm
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A juvenile can be held at a

A juvenile can be held at a YDC until their 21st birthday if they were ajudacated as a juvenile, if they were tried and convicted as an adult once they turn 17 the department of corrections will then pick them up to serve their adult sentence. The YDC was not formerly the RYDC, they are two seperate facilities. The RYDC is like the jail for juveniles until they are released to parents or go to court. The YDC is like the prison were they serve their time.
This is something that should have never happened. With staff being short and working 16 to 24 hours on a regular basis some judgements may have been off.
Although that is no excuse. I personally feel that all involve should be punished to the full extent of the law. Also those at the top of the facility chain of command should have some responsibilty for this incident and should be held accountable.

Rest in Peace young man and my prayers to your family.

whyme
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whyme 11/09/11 - 01:11 pm
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Regardless of the age of the

Regardless of the age of the inmate, we need to stop thinking that it's ok for any level of violence to be acceptable in our penal systems. It continues to take place and folks just overlook it with the attitude that if you commit a crime, that's the chance you take and might even deserve whatever happens. Criminals should be punished but violence upon them while incarcerated should not be considered part of the sentence, especially with our young people. As a result this young man has lost his life. God bless his family and his soul.

Peach29
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Peach29 11/09/11 - 03:25 pm
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Barbail i totally agree. This

Barbail i totally agree. This is just unacceptable. My prayers goes out to this family during their loss.

Whyme, you hit it on the head! Enough Said!!

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