BRYAN STIRLING SENT TO BABYSIT TROUBLED AGENCY
S.C. governor Nikki Haley has sent her former chief of staff and the current director of the S.C. Department of Corrections (SCDC) to deal with the mushrooming scandal at her Department of Juvenile Justice (SCDJJ).
Bryan Stirling paid a visit to SCDJJ last week in the aftermath of a late February riot at the agency’s Broad River Road facility in northwest Columbia, S.C. That melee resulted in damage to numerous buildings and vehicles, injuries to multiple SCDJJ inmates and guards, an alleged sexual assault and an escape no one even noticed.
It’s also prompted at least one legislative investigation.
For the very latest on this scandal – which broke exclusively on this website – click here.
Anyway, Stirling’s selection as Haley’s point person on this scandal is curious seeing as his agency has been dealing with many of the same problems. Exactly what does Haley expect this political appointee to do here?
Good question …
As we noted in our latest report, SCDJJ’s problems appear to run very deep – with multiple sources blaming administrators for adopting policies that coddle violent juveniles and encourage their bad behavior. Sources tell us things have been going downhill for several years, with the latest violence finally drawing attention to the problem.