Department of Juvenile Justice

Disruption at DJJ leaves employee injured, property damaged

A disturbance at The Department of Juvenile Justice Complex on Broad River Road has left one staff member and one youth injured. At around 9am, multiple youths at DJJ’s Birchwood School broke away from their campus and assaulted a staff member. The youths also confiscated hammers and damaged multiple vehicles and other property during the disturbance.

Director of Dept. of Juvenile Justice and Governor McMaster react to the employee walkout Friday morning

Employees at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice walked off the job this morning. Some teachers and security staff stood outside the facility, saying they’ve had enough with the long hours, pay and poor working conditions. DJJ Director Freddie Pough spoke with protesters for a little over an hour outside DJJ Friday afternoon. Gov. McMaster acknowledged their are issues in the department but said a walk out is not the way to go about achieving change.