Augusta YDC captain fired 2 months after inmate beaten to death

Monday, Jan. 23, 2012 9:13 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 11:04 PM
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An employee who was placed on suspension at the Augusta Youth Development Campus the day after a youth was beaten to death in his cell has been fired.

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice confirmed the termination of Capt. Victor Martin, who had been suspended with pay since Nov. 10.

“We can make no additional comment tonight,” DJJ spokesman Jim Shuler said in an e-mail Monday night. “Augusta investigations continue.”

Martin was placed on paid suspension for possible employee misconduct the day after 19-year-old Jade Holder was beaten to death in his cell. Michael Jarod Everidge, 17, was charged with murder in connection with the death.

Martin and another employee, Heather Gates, were suspended on the same day. The DJJ did not say whether their suspensions were related to the incident. Gates has since resigned.

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Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/23/12 - 11:02 pm
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Suspended with pay that

Suspended with pay that becomes termination should result in a return of all pay during the suspension that was obviously not deserved. Only government pays people they are going to fire for doing wrong while they investigate. If he was cleared and returned to work, then ok, pay him (for up to like 30 days or so) but if he deserved to be fired, then he does not deserve a penny of our tax money.

The other employee out there was suspended for nearly 10 months with pay during an "investigation" which resulted in a mere verbal warning until she later had to be fired. Who wouldn't love a 10 months vacation at the expense of the taxpayers. Ridiculous.

Craig Spinks
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Craig Spinks 01/24/12 - 03:41 am
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Never thought I'd live to see

Never thought I'd live to see the day that a state supervisor'd have the moxey to fire incompetent and/or nonperforming employees. You go, girl.

A certain local school board attorney would do well to heed and to emulate the actions of the new female head of the GDJJ.

DRRush
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DRRush 01/24/12 - 10:00 am
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I have known Gail Buckner for

I have known Gail Buckner for many years and we worked together when we were both employed by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. She is a no-nonsense type person and will do the right thing. She has a daunting task ahead of her but she will get the job done.

Sweet son
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Sweet son 01/24/12 - 12:43 pm
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DR and others, I thought the

DR and others, I thought the same thing when this new lady came on board. She does seem like a no nonsense type and with the law enforcement background maybe she will make something out of the entire DJJ and especially here in Augusta. Maybe she will make it her business to spend days and maybe weeks in each facility to clean them out.

Asitisinaug
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Asitisinaug 01/24/12 - 03:00 pm
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Craig, we can always

Craig, we can always dream....That local attorney would rather continue draining the system of dollars meant to educate our youth.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/24/12 - 03:13 pm
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You can give her credit, but

You can give her credit, but these things were already in the making, prior to her coming aboard. But no doubt that anyone would be a change, for the better.

ispy4u
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ispy4u 01/24/12 - 03:16 pm
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You can look forward to more

You can look forward to more firings and even some going to prison. That includes past as well as current employees.

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