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SC House Notifies Nikki Haley Of Investigation Into Juvenile Justice Agency

MORE CHAOS IN GOVERNOR’S CABINET … Earlier this week we reported exclusively on a riot that took place at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ).  We also reported exclusively that state lawmakers were launching an investigation of SCDJJ in the aftermath of the incident – which appears to be part…

MORE CHAOS IN GOVERNOR’S CABINET …

Earlier this week we reported exclusively on a riot that took place at the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ).  We also reported exclusively that state lawmakers were launching an investigation of SCDJJ in the aftermath of the incident – which appears to be part of an escalating pattern of chaos and violence.

Today, S.C. governor Nikki Haley – whose administration “oversees” the troubled agency – received formal notification of the probe from S.C. Rep. Weston Newton, chairman of the House’s legislative oversight committee.

According to Newton, his committee will be addressing allegations related to four specific areas – “lack of control, lack of trust, lack of adequate staffing, and lack of safety for juveniles and employees.”

In other words, it sounds as though things are even worse at SCDJJ than we originally reported …

“Most concerning of all, more than one constituent has expressed a concern that either a guard or juvenile, may be seriously injured or killed,” Newton wrote in his letter to Haley.  “There are allegations of violent behavior by juveniles, e.g., setting of intentional fires and sexual and other assaults on juveniles and guards.”

Newton’s letter goes on to say that within the last six months, at least four SCDJJ units have “become uninhabitable as a result of destruction of a violent nature by juveniles.”

“It is further alleged that juveniles have escaped from at least four different units, with one juvenile able to completely leave the grounds of the Broad River Road Complex (BRRC),” his letter continued.  “In addition, the agency has requested, assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division in locating juveniles who have escaped on the grounds.”

Wow …

What’s driving this rash of bad behavior?  According to Newton’s letter, it could be the culture of the agency under its new director

“The Committee has received allegations that management sides with juveniles over employees and that juveniles are not being held accountable for their behavior,” he wrote.  “It has been alleged that event reports may be discarded as there seems to be no follow up after they are submitted, especially when the reports include juveniles attacking guards. The Committee has received allegations that management pressures employees to not file charges against juveniles.”

Wow … what a mess.  Of course we’d be lying if we said we were surprised.

Scandals have forced the resignations of multiple cabinet directors during Haley’s first term in office – including Abraham Turner at the S.C. Department of Employment and Workforce (SCDEW), Jim Etter at the S.C. Department of Revenue (SCDOR), Robert St. Onge of the S.C. Department of Transportation (SCDOT), Lillian Koller of the S.C. Department of Social Services (SCDSS) and Kela Thomas of the S.C. Department of Probation, Parole and Pardon Services (SCDPPPS).

Each of these “leaders” went down under duress … and several of them lost their jobs thanks to scandals originating on this website.

Does Haley care about any of this?  Um … probably not.  Her mind is elsewhere.

And has been for some time …

Oh well. It’s good to know someone in government is trying to hold this agency accountable for the tens of millions of dollars it receives each year.

OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE LETTER TO NIKKI HALEY (.pdf)

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14 comments

deepal March 3, 2016 at 4:30 pm

She is like a dog under the buffet table hoping for any scrap Rubio will throw her.

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jj March 3, 2016 at 4:46 pm

As I see it,Trump will win Florida, Rubio will drop out, and it will be a 2 man race, Besides Rubio would not have chosen her as his running mate.

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shifty henry March 3, 2016 at 5:14 pm

“In addition, the agency has requested,
assistance from the State Law Enforcement Division in locating juveniles
who have escaped on the grounds.”

Excellent Plan..!! —– since SLED is right NEXT DOOR ..!!

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Ghost of Johnny Carson March 3, 2016 at 5:18 pm

Haley is a sorry excuse for a republican! Haley=Hilary Clinton

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PattiAnn March 3, 2016 at 8:15 pm

Haley=Haley. Clinton=President. Nothing alike.
BTW, Haley is an excellent Republican. Exactly what we’ve come to expect from the Grand Old Party.

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Ghost of Johnny Carson March 3, 2016 at 8:20 pm

She is a horrible person, I know some insiders and she is a horrible republican and a worse person.

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Templer March 4, 2016 at 7:17 am

You are correct!!! I’ve been telling people this for a number of years. She is a cheater, a liar, an unethical reprobate!
All of her short comings, failings, cheating and lies will come to light and the people of SC will see how they were foolish and taken by her.
Having dealt with her since her first election to the House, her associates in Lexington, etc, I can attest to her dishonesty, her abuse and moral failures!

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Slartibartfast March 4, 2016 at 3:52 pm

You can SERIOUSLY say you want a Marxist, murderer, traitor, & serial liar as president? I am not talking war or metaphorically.

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Roger March 3, 2016 at 7:30 pm

Haley doesn’t give a shit she is too busy chasing VP with dumb fuck Rubio…and thats gone down in flames. ….her DPS Director just got reconfirmed by these same morons and that agency is being sued daily by its discriminated employees.

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Former Employee March 4, 2016 at 7:12 am

Amen!!!

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shifty henry March 6, 2016 at 6:37 pm

O Rubio, Rubio! Wherefore art thou Rubio?

(Nikki, morining of March 6, 2016)

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shifty henry March 3, 2016 at 11:04 pm

Those shrubs and grass/weeds need to be trimmed.

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Elfego March 4, 2016 at 11:11 am

Just a real example of how America’s Political System is failing us.All these people pour money into campaigns so they can receive this lush appointee jobs that pay well and offer a tremendous retirement and insight into making money on the side. America has lost all sense of honor and morals!

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Bernie March 4, 2016 at 7:45 pm

Ohaley the failure, just like brother Obama!

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