SC Inspector General Praises DJJ for Response to Riots
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) – South Carolina’s inspector general says leaders at the Department of Juvenile Justice were slow to recognize problems that led to riots at its main prison but are taking decisive steps to regain control.
Inspector General Patrick Maley told a joint committee of senators and House members Thursday that several smaller things combined to create bigger problems.
He says there was a lack of serious punishment for misbehavior along with an increase in gang activity and a concentration of the most dangerous inmates at the agency’s main Columbia prison. He also says an executive dragged his feet in making changes. Guards have dealt with four riots in less than a year.
Maley credited DJJ with responding by sending its worst offenders to adult jail and having guards act with more authority.