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Another Augusta YDC worker put on paid suspension

Friday, Feb. 3, 2012 8:01 PM
Last updated Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012 11:03 PM
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Another employee was put on paid suspension Friday at the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

According to a news release, Lt. Damian Wise was suspended with pay while investigators look into allegations of misconduct.

“The suspension means the lieutenant has been removed from a position of responsibility over youths in detention at the Augusta facility while the probe continues,” said Gale Buckner, the commissioner of the Department of Juvenile Justice.

Since the beating death of a youth in November, nine Augusta YDC employees have been fired and two have been moved and demoted.

The DJJ is not disclosing the charges Wise faces during the Georgia Bureau of Investigation probe into the facility.

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ispy4u
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ispy4u 02/03/12 - 10:45 pm
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About time. The rest had

About time. The rest had better resign before the hammer drop on them. It is sick what they are doing and have done out there.

KSL
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KSL 02/03/12 - 11:15 pm
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Are you speaking from

Are you speaking from personal knowledge?

KSL
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KSL 02/03/12 - 11:16 pm
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It does sounds like there are

It does sounds like there are problems from the top down. But I'm betting there are also problems from the bottom up, referring to the inmates.

copperhead
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copperhead 02/04/12 - 06:30 am
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PAID VACATION for not doing

PAID VACATION for not doing your job?????

tanbaby
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tanbaby 02/04/12 - 07:05 am
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i agree copperhead..where is
Unpublished

i agree copperhead..where is the punishment???? it like when schools suspend bad students.....its just a free ride...

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allhans 02/04/12 - 09:33 am
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I have never understood the

I have never understood the PAID suspension. Are they suspended or not? Pay them after they are re-instated, if ever. NOT before.

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Sweet son 02/04/12 - 01:17 pm
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Fiscal Year 2011

Fiscal Year 2011 (open.georgia.gov) salary $31,623.14. copperhead and tanbaby are right, give him something to do. He needs two things. Plastic bags and an orange reflective vest. If he must stay away from the "youthful offenders" put him outside of the fence and make him go around and pick up trash. If he finishes tell him to go around again or until his status is settled!

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happychimer 02/04/12 - 07:23 pm
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Of course there are problems

Of course there are problems at the bottom. The inmates who have been convicted of crimes would not be there if they had not broken laws, but that does not mean that adults, who are suppose to be in charge at YdC, are suppose to break laws too. Adults have sexual relationships with juveniles, allowing beatings and a killing, supplying drugs and cell phones, and who knows what else. sounds like a bunch of criminals were running the place. I am glad that a house cleaning is going on.

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junkyardpig 02/05/12 - 04:12 am
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they are receiving pay from

they are receiving pay from time served. djj does not pay over time like most people receive. it is built up into a personal account and drawn on during absents like medical, vacation etc. I was out 6 months for medical reasons and still got paid the whole time. they are getting paid the time they are owed for previous earned hours worked which can build up to alot. it gets that way when your having to work 16-20 hour shifts all the time. since I have had the opportunity to serve in both the military and at aydc, I would rather go back to combat than to have to deal with the crap that goes on at aydc. my va disability went from 30% to 60% during the 3 years I was there. left in feb 2011 for medical reasons

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meginlea 02/06/12 - 09:51 am
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I don't mean to offend

I don't mean to offend anyone, and I admit I am ignorant of a lot that I am sure goes on at YDC, but I recall as a youth in Augusta that certain students who got into a lot of trouble were sent there for a time. I don't recall any of those students coming back having changed for the better. I also do not think that it is YDC's job to 'fix' a kid that is having problems and acting out for reasons more than likely stemming from their home environments, but with all this talk about some of the staff of YDC being let go or suspended for inappropriate behavior, it makes me wonder if THAT'S why many of these students came back to school worse off than they were before leaving. It's all a very sad thing, and once again, I don't mean to place blame on the Detention Center. This is just a thought I had and wondered if anyone had comment about.

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