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Youth injured in fight at Augusta YDC facility

Monday, Dec. 3, 2012 7:29 PM
Last updated Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012 1:19 AM
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A juvenile at the troubled Augusta Youth Development Campus was injured and hospitalized after a fight in a residence unit Sunday, the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice announced Monday.

The fight occurred between two male inmates, and no other youths residing in the unit were injured, according to a news release.

Neither the extent of the juvenile’s injuries nor his current status was provided Monday, and the department said no further information would be released.

The fight occurred around 6:55 p.m. Several corrections officers were on duty in the unit, and the officers “promptly reported the incident to YDC supervisors, who called 9-1-1 around 7:03pm.”

The residence unit is now being maintained as a crime scene, and felony charges are expected to be filed against the accused perpetrator, according to the department. While officers from DJJ Internal Investigations are assigned to conduct the agency’s administrative investigation, the perpetrator will be detained under observation.

Sunday’s assault is the latest incident in more than a year of tragedy and wrongdoing at the facility.

In November an 87-page internal audit of YDC revealed numerous violations of department policy and indicated that the previous director, Ronald Brawner, appointed in March, was either not trained or ignored policy before he quit days after five youths escaped Oct. 19.

It took at least one hour and 20 minutes for YDC staff to begin an outside search or notify the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office of the escape.

The youths stole a car on Tobacco Road and led police on a chase. Except for one juvenile, who remained at large for two days, all were caught shortly after abandoning the vehicle.

The inmates escaped the same day that another YDC inmate, Michael Everidge, now 18, was sentenced to 17 years in prison for the 2011 beating death of Jade Holder.

Holder died of head injuries and liver damage caused by a lack of oxygen. Everidge had thrown him to the ground, causing his head to hit the floor. YDC employees did not immediately provide Holder with medical attention, and it was more than an hour before Holder was admitted to the hospital.

After the incident, YDC Director John Brady was fired and 11 employees resigned, were fired or were demoted.

In response to Sunday’s assault, DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles said a team of Georgia Bureau of Investigation agents will conduct the criminal investigation to maintain transparency.

The campus will remain on lock-down, and movement will be limited while a DJJ Security Emergency Response Team monitors the climate of the facility, which has improved recently, the news release said.

“We have been making progress at Augusta,” Niles said, noting that the staff-to-inmate ratio was five to one at the time of the assault. “We will take any additional precautions needed during this investigation, and we will enforce what measures are necessary to provide a secure environment for the youth in our custody at Augusta YDC.”

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rebellious 12/04/12 - 12:27 am
Making Progress?

Send in the likes of Sheriff Arpaio from Arizona's Maricopa County. Let him kick butt and take names. Not to punish anyone, but to protect those who have wound up in this Hellhole through 1 bad decision or circumstance.

JRC2024 12/04/12 - 09:13 am
I have never been in the

I have never been in the building and do not know what it is like insde but treat these inmates with respect but make it tough so they may not want to come back. Transfer the ones who cause trouble immediately to the cells at the jail for adults right down the street and pit them in lockdown. These kids are criminals and most will not be saved.

JustSpeakingMyMind 12/04/12 - 12:04 pm
The sheriff Arpaio suggestion

The sheriff Arpaio suggestion is a good one, however you have to pay to obtain people like that and the state of Ga. does not think that is necessary. No matter who they hire they have to give them the authorithy to go in and do what needs to be done to clean the place up, that will also never happen. Any organization is only as good as it's weakest leak, when the first leak is the weakest, there is no hope!

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single parent 12/05/12 - 01:11 am
Does not matter

It does not matter what sheriff you bring in it will not change unless you change the system or the facts of the system! To many experts, the same experts that have got it "WRONG" for so long! Treat them with respect? Hmmmmm really? You lost your respect when you did the do. One time mistake is all it takes and the word mistake is highly over rated. Oh I shot the guy next door 16 times with a 6 shot pistol, yeah ok. But that person is a youth they knew not what they were doing? When we decide to wake up from that foolishness, the better the system will become.
Rehab, for real? This is not 1970 when the concentration of crime was in big cities, this is 2012 where crimes are happening in Pearhead, Alabama that are almost unspeakable and at an alarming rate.
I know a number of people that worked in this field all across the USA (which I resigned from the police department for the lack of sterness concerning crimes) and to tell the truth this little bit we have going on is nothing compared to others say in LA, NY or DC.
When the door slams behind you it should be a reality check and not a vacation or a complaint department! If someone legitimately wants to get it together with schooling or a trade, then yes give them the respect. But I can tell you the percentage of that happening is only about 2% per system.
Back to these experts and the now wanting to step in Senators, Mayor, Governor, local and country wide. <<<< IF YOU DO NOT RESTRUCTURE THEN SHUT UP AND LET IT RIDE, MORE THINGS LIKE THIS WILL CONTINUE TO HAPPEN!
You are not in there to enjoy games, watch tv, complain about snacks, run your gang or just be a total waste of space. This is some of the type things they "ENJOY" and I can tell you first hand that staff being manipulated and suffering punishment for retaliating for self-defense is a daily event. Examples; female staff being flashed by male inmates or inmates performing sexual acts on themselves in view of "ANYONE"! , Threats or hitting staff,cell phones an drugs! and just down right unacceptable acts. WRITING IT ON A PIECE OF PAPER MEANS WHAT? IF YOU ARE NEVER GETTING OUT THEN WHY WOULD YOU CARE?
The main animal here is those experts or sympathy folks claiming cruel punishment. You are not in there to be all warm and fuzzy "PERIOD!" TO MANY RIGHTS GIVEN FOR BEING A MENACE! My brother did serious time and he said if it was not for the lockdown he would he made a life out of being in there.
WE ARE THE ONLY COUNTRY WHICH PASSES RIGHTS TO THE ONES THAT DID NOT RESPECT THERE RIGHTS BEFORE NOR DURING THE OFFENSE AFTER GETTING CAUGHT! ! ! But yet there are 80% complaints on a day to day basis about somebody's rights that is locked up! Neglect is one thing but giving a rabit dog more bloody meat is another 12 or 62.

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