Augusta Youth Development Campus

Situated on 456 acres, the Augusta Youth Development Campus was originally opened in the early 1950’s as a training school. Today the Augusta Youth Development Campus houses a program for the treatment of offenders with special needs. In addition to this innovative specialized treatment program, the facility also houses a general population and Short Term Program.

The facility provides core educational programs and vocational classes in horticulture, computer skills, and building construction. Medical services, individual guidance, counseling, and recreation services are provided.

The facility has been beset with problems since 2011, including the death of an inmate resulting in the firing and reassignment of officials and the escape of five inmates in October 2012. 

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Audit blames Juvenile Justice turnover on low pay, long hours

ATLANTA -- Nearly half of the corrections officers in the state's juvenile facilities have left for better jobs each year since 2010, according to a state audit that blames low pay, long hours and ...
By Walter C. Jones | Sunday, May 25, 2014

Scope of Georgia Juvenile Justice abuse claim widens

The number of unresolved sex abuse investigations at Georgia's juvenile detention centers goes far beyond the 20 cases that led to the suspensions of 18 investigators and their supervisor.
Sunday, July 21, 2013

YDC escapee enters guilty plea

The second teen prosecuted as an adult after a group escaped from the Augusta Youth Development Campus pleaded guilty Thursday.
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Work starts early on juvenile justice changes

ATLANTA — Even before Gov. Nathan Deal signs a comprehensive juvenile-justice bill into law this week in Dalton, state and local governments have begun putting the pieces into place.
By Walter C. Jones | Sunday, April 28, 2013

Teen indicted on attempted murder charge at Augusta YDC

According to the indictment, on Dec. 2 Daryl Wayne Gordon allegedly lured another teenager to an area out of sight of guards, choked the teen unconscious and then kicked and stomped the victim in ...
By Sandy Hodson | Wednesday, April 17, 2013

YDC escapee sentenced to two years in prison

The oldest of five juveniles whose October escape helped prompt an overhaul in management and staff at the Augusta Youth De­vel­op­ment Campus pleaded guilty Thursday.
By Sandy Hodson | Thursday, March 14, 2013

New Augusta YDC director named

Cedric B. Taylor will be the facility's new director, Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman Jim Shuler said in a media release.
By Summer Moore | Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013

More personnel changes at Augusta YDC

The interim director of the Youth Development Campus in Augusta has been dismissed, and two new appointments have been made.
By Bill Kirby | Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013

Upheavals highlight year at YDC

More than 13 months after one inmate beat another to death in his cell, the Augusta Youth Development Campus is far from being drama-free.
By Summer Moore | Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012

Surprise inspections at YDC continue

The Department of Juvenile Justice com­missioner is continuing surprise inspections at the Au­gusta Youth Development Campus and asking employees to report unethical behavior to the ...
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Friday, Dec. 21, 2012

Two more fired at YDC

Two Augusta Youth Development Campus officers were fired Friday, in connection with the escape of five inmates in October, the Department of Juvenile Justice announced Friday.
By Summer Moore | Friday, Dec. 14, 2012

Augusta YDC principal fired

Another Augusta Youth Development Campus employee has been fired as the Department of Juvenile Justice continues a staff shake-up at the facility.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Thursday, Dec. 13, 2012

YDC interim director suspended

The interim director of the troubled Augusta Youth Development Campus was suspended with pay Wednesday and a lieutenant was fired, Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman Jim Shuler said.
By Tracey McManus | Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012

Injured YDC inmate released from hospital

A 15-year-old was released from the hospital after being assaulted Sunday at the Augusta YDC by another youth.
By Summer Moore | Friday, Dec. 7, 2012

Panel agrees on juvenile reforms

A 21-member panel that radically overhauled adult sentencing in the last legislative session is proposing equally dramatic changes for lawmakers to consider for juvenile law breakers.
By Walter C. Jones | Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

YDC audit details issues with ex-director, staff

An internal audit of the Au­gusta Youth Development Cam­pus shows the director appointed by the Department of Juvenile Justice in March was either not trained or ignored policy but ...
By Summer Moore | Saturday, Nov. 17, 2012

Report details Augusta YDC deficiencies

An evaluation report on the Augusta Youth Development Campus shows the facility failed to follow protocol in numerous areas, including not having a planner to oversee all emergency responses.
By Bianca Cain Johnson | Friday, Nov. 16, 2012

Augusta YDC director replaced

Melvin Womble has been named acting director of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice's Youth Development Campus in Augusta.
Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2012

YDC staff delayed inmate search

Augusta Youth Development Campus staff took at least an hour and 20 minutes to begin an outside search for five escapees after a staff member spotted the inmates by the road and called the facility.
By Summer Moore | Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012

Last of 5 escapees from YDC caught

The last of five escapees from Augusta Youth Development Campus has been captured, authorities said.
By Summer Moore | Sunday, Oct. 21, 2012
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