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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The commissioner of Georgia's Department of Juvenile Justice has been appointed chief magistrate judge in Murray County. Commissioner L. Gale Buckner announced Tuesday that she will retire, effective Nov. 1.
The state Department of Corrections is hosting a military personnel job fair Wednesday at State Offices South at Tift College in Forsyth. The agencies have approximately 800 jobs available for military personnel returning from duty.