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9th Augusta YDC employee fired

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 9:38 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 11:03 PM
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The state Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner announced yet another firing at the Augusta Youth Development Campus on Tuesday evening.

Gale Buckner added that criminal charges will be pursued after a joint investigation by her agency and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The probe started after the November beating death of 19-year-old Jade Holder, a resident at the Augusta YDC.

On Tuesday, corrections officer Tracy Banks was dismissed. He had been suspended with pay while investigators looked into allegations of an “inappropriate” relationship between Banks and a resident, according to a press release.

He is the ninth employee to be fired at YDC since November. Two others were demoted and offered positions at different facilities.

Buckner also issued a warning for the Augusta YDC’s remaining workers.

“I find this latest officer misconduct case particularly egregious,” Buckner said. “Because the events and blatant policy violations that led to the termination of JCO Tracy Banks for inappropriate conduct occurred even after we publicly announced we were bringing in agents from DJJ and the GBI to open investigations into misconduct cases at the Augusta YDC.”

The firing came after a daylong lockdown on Jan. 24 while GBI agents and DJJ investigators interviewed all of the YDC’s employees looking for evidence of sexual misconduct and contraband, the release says.

“Apparently we have some policy violators who might think we’re done, but we’re not,” Buckner said. “After our administrative probe is complete, the GBI investigations will continue and then criminal charges will be pursued.”

The release says more terminations are expected.

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TrulyWorried 01/31/12 - 11:03 pm
Fire all and start from

Fire all and start from scratch - after thorough background checks!

Craig Spinks
Craig Spinks 02/01/12 - 04:50 am
Ms. Buckner, you go, girl. By

Ms. Buckner, you go, girl.

By the way, yesterday at lunch, a dear friend and highly-qualified, caring, former YDC teacher exclaimed, "Hallelujah, finally," when I informed her of Ms. Buckner's recent reform efforts at my friend's past place of employment.

PrayN4U 02/01/12 - 11:47 am
At last, Augusta is getting a

At last, Augusta is getting a clean-up. Now maybe some of these kids won't go back worse than they were before thaey came in. Thank you Ms. Buckner and all the Augusta official backing her. The "if I don't see it, it's not happening" is over. I am sorry it took young life to accomplish this but at least it's making a difference.

christyanne76 10/21/12 - 11:11 pm
Ms. Buckner needs to go down

Ms. Buckner needs to go down to Milan, Georgia and clean house. She must have fired all the people who return calls to Atlanta regarding misconduct in other facilities.

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