Department of Juvenile Justice

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.

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…