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SC DJJ to hold Graduation for 130 students

COLUMBIA, SC (WOLO)– This week it will be graduation time for more than 130 students at the Department of Juvenile Justice. Officials say on Tuesday, July 31st, students who earned their GED or High School Diploma over the past school year will take part in a traditional graduation ceremony. According to DJJ officials, “Many of the youth who come here…

SC DJJ Director Resigns Amid Critical Report

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) _ The director of South Carolina’s Department of Juvenile Justice has resigned following a report that criticized her agency as still unprepared to prevent riots. Gov. Henry McMaster accepted Sylvia Murray’s resignation Friday, effective at day’s end. Murray says in her letter, provided to The Associated Press, that her decision “did not come easily,” but she’s decided…

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…

Haley Visits DJJ Amid Reports of Problems at Agency

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — Gov. Nikki Haley is getting a look at conditions at the Department of Juvenile Justice amid reports of problems at the agency because of understaffing. Media outlets report that the governor made an unannounced three-hour visit to the agency in suburban Columbia on Tuesday. The House Legislative Oversight Committee sent a letter to Haley last week…