Augusta YDC administrators were immediately instructed to make the following safetyimprovements as well as others:to ensure detainee movement and population counts are properly conductedthat dorms are managed in a manner which prevents safety and security issuesthat perimeter checks are conducted as outlined in policy“The Augusta YDC escape incident is a prime example of why I place such importance on theenforcement of safety and security policies at the Department of Juvenile Justice,” saidCommissioner Niles. “I have cautioned DJJ Staff in Augusta and throughout the state that I willcontinue to seek out safety and security laxes and continue to crack down on violatorsanywhere they’re found.More violations will mean more dismissals,” Niles said.“I will also continue to make unannounced security visits at Augusta and our other securefacilities across Georgia to ensure the safety of our youth in custody and the public we serve,”the Commissioner said.DJJ investigators continue their probe of several recent incidents at the Augusta YDC.(END RELEASE)AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER
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