Friday, June 14, 2013
ATLANTA (WRDW) -- Twenty employees of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice have been suspended with pay, including the DJJ's former chief investigator.
This comes after a committee found that over 20 internal investigations into sexual abuse allegations remain uncompleted from 2012. DJJ policy dictates that internal investigations must be completed within 45 days.
A federal survey alleges that Georgia's juvenile detention centers have some of the highest rates of sexual abuse in the country.
“This alleged failure of accountability is the last thing we expected to find among an experienced and dedicated staff at DJJ,” said Commissioner Avery Niles in a news release. “It is a disturbing breach of confidence and fundamentally unacceptable. These investigators have a duty to protect our youth and employees and to uphold the most basic standards of professional behavior."
Niles has requested assistance from the Georgia Bureau of Investigation and the Georgia Department of Corrections.