A new board member of the Board of Juvenile Justice has been sworn in. The Department of Juvenile Justice said in a news release that Gov. Nathan Deal administered the oath of office to Kelly Stewart Thursday. She was appointed to the 15-member board by the governor.
Department of Juvenile Justice investigators are back on the job this week. All but one of 18 workers suspended in June over unresolved sexual abuse claims are getting new training. The other worker took voluntary retirement.
Juvenile Justice officials say the number of unresolved sex abuse investigations at Georgia's juvenile detention centers goes far beyond the 20 that prompted suspensions of 18 investigators and their supervisor. Commissioner Avery Niles said Sunday that officials have learned of 700 unresolved internal investigations over an 18-month period.
Department of Juvenile Justice officials say seven juvenile corrections officers have either resigned or were fired in the wake of a safety and security investigation. The six officers and their supervisor worked at the DeKalb Regional Youth Detention Center and they made up the entire overnight security staff for the facility.
Department of Juvenile Justice spokesman Jim Shuler said Tuesday that Ricky Rich has been named as the department's new Director of Investigations. His appointment comes after 19 investigators and their supervisor were suspended over unresolved probes into allegations of sexual misconduct at sate youth detention facilities.
Department of Juvenile Justice officials say workers who were suspended over unfinished investigations were warned at least twice that they were not in compliance with department protocol. Department spokesman Jim Shuler has said internal investigations are supposed to be concluded within 45 days. The unresolved cases were filed in 2012.
Georgia's chief Juvenile Justice investigator and 19 other employees are suspended today. Commissioner Avery Niles suspended the workers for not resolving some 20 claims of sexual abuse against detained children. A department spokesman says Niles is taking the allegations seriously.
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.
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.
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.