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RIGHT NOW: Suspensions, demotions following escape from YDC

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AUGUSTA, GA (WFXG) -

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice has just held a press conference outside of the Augusta Youth Development Campus.

Commissioner L. Gale Buckner has announced the suspension and demotion of several YDC staffers.

YDC corrections officer Dominique Harris has been suspended with pay and placed on administration leave pending the outcome of an investigation Commissioner Buckner has requested from the GBI. Marc Johnson and Sergeant Dorothy Blair also share the same fate as Officer Harris.

YDC Director Ronald Brawner has been placed on disciplinary suspension followed by a department probation. Assistant Director Melvin Womble also will face the same disciplinary action.

YDC Captain Ricky Smiley will accept a voluntary demotion to the rank of lieutenant and will have a corresponding reduction in pay.

The investigation will also delve into an improper population count that could impact the long-term futures of these staffers at the YDC.

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