DJJ fires employee from Gainesville RYDC

Richmond County YDC
Jade Holder, 19, died after being attacked in the Augusta Youth Development Campus. (WRDW-TV / Nov. 9, 2011)
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Thursday, Feb. 2, 2012

AUGUSTA, Ga. -- It appears the Augusta Youth Development Campus isn't the only juvenile facility in the state having issues with employees.

The Department of Juvenile Justice announced Thursday that an employee at the Regional Youth Detention Center in Gainesville, Ga., has now also been fired.

Juvenile Corrections Officer Ardith Brown was fired after "allegations of an inappropriate relationship with a resident." The release says Brown was placed on suspension with pay last week.

According to the release, 27 DJJ facilities have undergone inspections within the past seven weeks.

“As a result of those surprise inspections, the majority of our Juvenile Corrections Officers throughout the system have become more diligent in monitoring youth activity at our facilities,” said Commissioner Gale Buckner in the news release.

The DJJ also sent out a release on Jan. 26 following the termination of an employee at the RYDC facility in Columbus, Ga. Juvenile Corrections Officer Mike Brown was fired "for alleged improper use of physical intervention techniques." When Brown reported the incident, he called it a "sports-related injury on a basketball court." The resident was later taken to the hospital for treatment. Since then, he has been treated and released.

The statewide investigation into juvenile facilities started in November after a 19-year-old inmate at the Augusta YDC was fatally assaulted.

After Holder's death, News 12 looked into a possible coverup into extenuating circumstances of the murder, which launched an investigation by the Department of Juvenile Justice. To date, 11 people have been fired, including the director and the captain of security, two employees have been demoted and two others have resigned.