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Augusta man arrested in YDC death

Thursday, Nov. 10, 2011 6:51 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 11:07 PM
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Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents arrested an Augusta man Thursday in connection with the Tuesday beating death of an inmate at Augusta Youth Development Campus.

According to a Richmond County Sheriff’s Office booking report, GBI agents arrested Michael Jarod Everidge, 17, at 3:41 p.m. Thursday at YDC on a murder charge.

Mike Ayers, the Special Agent in Charge at the Region 7 GBI post in Thomson, confirmed that Everidge, a YDC inmate, was arrested in connection with Jade Holder’s death.

Ayers said the investigation into Holder’s death remained open but would not comment further.

Everidge’s home address is in the 2400 block of N. Carolina Ave. in Augusta. Ayers did not know why Everidge was incarcerated at YDC.

Holder, 19, of Sylvester, Ga., died Tuesday at Medical College of Georgia Hospital of blunt force head trauma he suffered at the youth prison about 9 p.m. Monday.

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Willow Bailey
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Willow Bailey 11/10/11 - 07:05 pm
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This does not need to go

This does not need to go away. That place must be fully investigated and held accountable for allowing this to happen. None of those kids are safe in that environment.

Cynical old woman
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Cynical old woman 11/10/11 - 07:08 pm
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Listening to Austin this

Listening to Austin this afternoon there was a woman who had been previously employed at YDC who gave chilling reports of things she witnessed there. Yes.....don't even go there....while I listened to her I, too, thought of Paterno.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/10/11 - 07:13 pm
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I don't even want to think of

I don't even want to think of something terrible like what the above poster mentioned. It's time to quit brushing the unlawful and unethical under the rug.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/10/11 - 07:17 pm
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'Ayers did not know why

'Ayers did not know why Everidge was incarcerated at YDC....'

Michael Jerod Everidge , 17, of the 2400 block of North Carolina Avenue, a felony count of robbery by sudden snatching; Feb. 2: committed to the Department of Juvenile Justice under the provisions of the Designated Felony Act to serve a minimum of 12 months and a maximum of 18 months in a Youth Development Center

happychimer
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happychimer 11/10/11 - 07:53 pm
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Yep it is time for all who

Yep it is time for all who know of wrong doings at that place to tell it like it is.

Pu239
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Pu239 11/10/11 - 08:07 pm
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If you scan the Chronicle
Unpublished

If you scan the Chronicle archives you can see the humble beginnings of the criminal career of Michael Jarod Everidge. Convicted felon at 15....accused murderer at 17....looks like he made it to the show.

PrayN4U
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PrayN4U 11/10/11 - 08:10 pm
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They have arrested one 17

They have arrested one 17 year old but that should not be the end of this. There are more involved that just one person. The staff should be investigated also. Read the article in WRDW news online and you will get a better sense of what's going on behind the wall of this hell hole.

happychimer
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happychimer 11/10/11 - 08:47 pm
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PrauN I read it, and looks

PrauN I read it, and looks like some are in deep trouble.It ain't over with one arrest.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/10/11 - 09:54 pm
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Let's just hope they do a

Let's just hope they do a thorough investigation - especially on the employees who were supposed to be 'on duty' that evening. Someone had to know all of this was going on besides the juveniles.

formerlhs
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formerlhs 11/10/11 - 10:07 pm
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Why was a 19 year old at YDC.

Why was a 19 year old at YDC.

macktaylor
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macktaylor 11/10/11 - 10:57 pm
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It is becoming more

It is becoming more increasingly apparent that YDC is more and more like an adult prison. We are foolish to think that kids will somehow be rehabilitated in a place like this anymore than they will be in the state prison system. Our systems are a complete failure at reducing recidivism. I don't know what the alternative is, but YDC helps train better criminals.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/11/11 - 12:44 am
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State and local governmental

State and local governmental officials in our town are notoriously duplicitous when it comes to acting on problems brought to their attention on their respective watches. When presented with a problem/an issue by an employee, the typical responses are, "I'll get back with you,' 'You're fired', and "You're reassigned to ... (pick the appropriate one depending upon organization: Hays State Prison, East Augusta Middle School, or Grovetown Middle School).

Brad Owens
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Brad Owens 11/11/11 - 04:28 am
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I knew an investigator from

I knew an investigator from the State and they wanted to CLOSE this place down.

fromerlhs makes a great point, why is a 19yo in YDC with non-adults?

Patty-P is 100% correct, get investigators in there, and also, don't let the murderer off the hook here. He is a big man now huh?

oldfella
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oldfella 11/11/11 - 06:24 am
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I caught only part of this

I caught only part of this story on the radio a few days ago, when they said that he was beaten by at least seven other inmates. But the police just arrested a suspect? Wouldn't the suspect/inmate already be in the YDC? I'm confused. Please briefly explain who beat the young man to death and where/how it occured.

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/11/11 - 06:52 am
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oldfella...I'm wondering why

oldfella...I'm wondering why only one person has been arrested too. More than one person was involved.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 11/11/11 - 07:41 am
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Brad, Mr. Conley, the Deputy

Brad,

Mr. Conley, the Deputy Warden for Security at Augusta State Medical Prison, is up-to-the-task of securing one or more feral youth. You can take my word for it.

macktaylor
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macktaylor 11/11/11 - 08:48 am
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oldfella, anytime someone

oldfella, anytime someone commits a crime whether on the street or in the jail there must be a warrant issued for the offense. The use of the term arrest here is a legal term that the warrant was processed. Usually when a warrant is issued, someone gets arrested.

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s.carkhum 11/11/11 - 12:59 pm
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A murder is awful no matter

A murder is awful no matter where it takes place. Not holding any of the staff accoutable at the moment is ridiculous, and closing the facility down is not anything close to the answer. If the facility were to close down they would just erect a new one that will have the same issues as the last. The kids/teenagers are already coming in there with issues, thats why they're there! Sounds like the state need to screen the staff on a quarterly basis to assure quality service is being offered... Teach them the correct way while they are there so they want end up in corrections for the rest of their life. Get to the root of the problem. What just happened to that young man is a tragedy that YDC was not able to cover up.

dstewartsr
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dstewartsr 11/11/11 - 05:23 pm
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I suspect Everidge --oops,

I suspect Everidge --oops, pardon: Mister Everidge-- will soon be in court to be handed a lollilop and a four year sentence, reduced to time served. Then in another few years, he will be doing appeals for another homicide, having learned there's not much penalty. Soon after (ten-fifteen years of appeals later)our liberal friends will be picketing to prevent the death penalty because he 'was never given a chance."

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/11/11 - 07:36 pm
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I truly believe there are

I truly believe there are more people responsible for this than just this one person. Someone working in this facility knew what was going on even before this incident. If they turned a blind eye to this they should be held just as responsible.

concernedoverall
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concernedoverall 11/12/11 - 08:02 am
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I am concerned about the

I am concerned about the overall situation for the young man involved and the young man who died. First off everyone is so fast to rush and judge but the fact of the matter is we can not get straight answers to what has happen from the YDC. It seems that they are trying to cover their behinds. I listened to the news on yesterday and it says the guards would leave the cells open to allow kids to fight. What if these two young men were fighting and there was no beating, what if the guards allowed this to happen and where were the authoritative figures in this matter? Everything story that has broke since Monday when happened does not make since. We as the public should not rush to judge because after read and hearing so of the things that were taking place in YDC there is no telling what the real story is. Lets keep in mind that we were once kids and made mistakes that could have put us in this very same situation. We do not know what happened last week but what ever it is YDC is surely looking for a fall guy. I was astonished to learned that fights were being allowed and organized by staff. Last the truth shall be reveal and I hope its not ours but Gods!!!!

concernedoverall
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concernedoverall 11/12/11 - 08:35 am
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I am concerned about the

I am concerned about the overall situation for the young man who was charged and the young man who died. First off everyone is so fast to rush and judge but the fact of the matter is we can not get straight answers to what has happen from the YDC. It seems that they are trying to cover their behinds. I listened to the news on yesterday and it says the guards would leave the cells open to allow kids to fight. What if these two young men were fighting and there was no beating, what if the guards allowed this to happen and where were the authoritative figures in this matter? Every since the story broke Monday what they are saying happened does not make since. First there were seven attackers now we are down to one. Were these young men arguing or what? What was the reason for the altercation? They won't say anything to the public just one firing and that's all. I feel as though the facility is ultimately responsible these young men were left in their care and no one was around to protect them. My heart goes to the young man and his family.It is really sad how the young Mr. Everidge is now the focus but we know that both were incarcerated for some type of wrong doing there were no angels because both were inmates in this facility. In this case we have more questions than answer and something spells Cover Up in my eyesight. Can they get their stories straight because had everyone been doing there jobs effectively one mother would not be burying her child and another fighting for hers. We should be careful to listen and slow to speak and judge. We as the public should not rush to judge because after reading and hearing some of the things that were taking place in YDC there is no telling what the real story is. Lets keep in mind that we were once kids and made mistakes that could have put us in this very same situation. We do not know what happened last week but what ever it is YDC is surely looking for a fall guy. I was astonished to learned that fights were being allowed to take place by staff. This reminds me of looking at dateline and what takes place at the adult prisons. I am crying out for the truth to be brought out a human being died and another is fighting for his life. I am praying for all involved we know how it is when our butts are on the line we will throw anyone under the bus. That is our human nature. Last, the truth shall be revealed; and I hope its not ours, but GODS!!!!

Patty-P
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Patty-P 11/13/11 - 09:12 pm
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I hope that they aren't

I hope that they aren't trying to cover for this (which is my first thought). There is obviously something foul going on behind closed doors.

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mrsb 12/20/11 - 06:42 pm
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My son was placed at the

My son was placed at the Augusta YDC x2 unfortunately for fighting in school and disruption of school charges on both occasions. Although I did not raise him to act out in such a manner, he was a follower and ended up there 2 years ago. He reported to me several times when I would visit him that the JCO's were very inappropriate toward the other juveniles there and would incite fights and so called gang "jumping in" assaults. He informed me of several JCO's who were gang members as well, or at least they claimed to be gang members. I reported his allegations to officials at the Augusta facility as well as our local DJJ office in Hinesville, where I lived, but their response stressed that my son was not being honest and his conduct was just as unruly there as it was in school when he couldn't have his way. He could have been misbehaving, I would never deny that but I believed him then and now regarding JCO's being inappropriate in their interactions and enforcement of the rules.
This is a terrible tragedy, especially since this facility houses juvenile offenders who are diagnosed with mental health issues. Many of the juvenile offenders on Unit #43 have a mental health diagnosis and required specialized provisions to insure their safety as well as the safety of all the juveniles. Naturally that information is not being shared with the public. This is all the more reasons the youth should have been monitored more closely and consistently. I am an advocate for all youth, especially youth with mental illness. These facilities with staff who have no regard for the work they have been entrusted to do need to experience a RIF (reduction in force) at 200% and start over, screen the staff better than they do and provide more in-services to improve morale, and add trainings around mental illness/awareness and cultural diversity, as well as the importance of juvenile offender rights and make sure they KNOW the material and Believe in the jobs they are supposed to perform. I've worked in a prison (Not YDC), and with mentally challenged youth for over 18 years. It takes special people to do that work. Complacent, non-motivated, apathetic, intolerant and non empathetic, nonchalant individuals should not apply! If they do, then appropriate screening should be in place to prevent their hire!

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