Ju­ve­niles leave roof at Ge­or­gia fa­cil­ity

Chattanooga Times Free Press - - REGION -

AMERICUS, Ga. — Of­fi­cials said the last of at least 20 ju­ve­niles held in a south­west Ge­or­gia fa­cil­ity have come down af­ter break­ing onto a roof Fri­day.

Spokesman Jim Shuler said the last ju­ve­nile came down Satur­day af­ter­noon at the Sumter Youth De­vel­op­ment Cam­pus in Americus. Shuler said he had no re­ports of in­juries or prop­erty dam­age.

The de­part­ment said some­one snatched keys from a guard Fri­day, but de­nies re­ports that a guard was over­pow­ered or briefly held hostage. Res­i­dents were un­able to es­cape the ra­zor wire-ringed fa­cil­ity.

Com­mis­sioner Avery Niles said the de­part­ment will investigate what hap­pened, de­ter­mine who’s re­spon­si­ble, and de­cide on dis­ci­plinary or crim­i­nal ac­tions.

Po­lice in­clud­ing a Ge­or­gia State Pa­trol he­li­copter re­sponded Fri­day, when the fa­cil­ity was briefly on lock­down.

Shuler said ju­ve­nile courts statewide as­sign res­i­dents to Sumter.

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