Fri., June 7, 2013 8:54am
Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery D. Niles ordered his staff Friday to investigate the prevalence of sexual misconduct in the department’s facilities. It comes after a federal report named Georgia as having one of the worst rates in the country for youth inmate sexual abuse.
Thu., May 2, 2013 6:29am
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign into law a sweeping overhaul of the state's juvenile justice system. The regulations are aimed at reducing the number of repeat juvenile offenders and the costs associated with them.
Sat., March 23, 2013 12:31pm
Commissioner Avery Niles Friday confirmed the appointments of Fred E. Stephens and Dick Yarbrough to the Georgia Board of Juvenile Justice.Yarbrough is a newspaper columnist and retired vice president of BellSouth Corp. Stephens is assistant chief of police for the Athens-Clarke County Police Department.
Sat., December 15, 2012 3:00pm
Georgia's juvenile justice chief has announced the firing of two corrections officers at the agency's juvenile detention facility in Augusta as part of an ongoing internal investigation into the escape of five inmates in October.
Fri., December 14, 2012 11:30am
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice commissioner has fired the principal of the school at the juvenile detention center in Augusta. Brenda James-Ford's firing Thursday comes on the heels of the dismissal of a correctional lieutenant at the Augusta Youth Development Campus and the suspension with pay of the facility's interim director on Wednesday.
Thu., December 13, 2012 12:00pm
The interim director of a juvenile detention facility in Augusta has been suspended with pay, just days after the director submitted his resignation. A Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman said the suspension is due to a pending Juvenile Justice investigation at the facility, but details weren't released.
Mon., December 10, 2012 6:00am
Avery Niles became commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Nov. 1. He's pledged to correct existing problems and strengthen safety and security practices.
Thu., November 1, 2012 6:57am
The director of a juvenile detention facility in Augusta has submitted his resignation. Meanwhile, the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Georgia Bureau of Investigation continue to probe an escape by five youths earlier this month from the Augusta Youth Development Campus.
Mon., October 8, 2012 5:00am
The Special Council on Criminal Justice Reform is examining ways to reduce recidivism, deal more effectively with low-risk offenders and ensure that the state is getting the greatest return on its juvenile justice spending.
Thu., October 4, 2012 9:32am
Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice board members have unanimously elected an interim commissioner. The department has announced Thursday that Avery Niles was named as the interim. Niles will resign from the state's juvenile justice board, effective Oct. 31.