One injured in riot at youth detention center in Milledgeville

Sep. 01, 2009
A group of juveniles housed at the Bill E. Ireland Youth Development Campus in Milledgeville took over a building and kept employees from leaving this afternoon, according to the Baldwin County Sheriff’s Office.

Sheriff Bill Massee said “the disturbance” started at about 4 p.m. and lasted between 45 minutes to an hour as the juveniles damaged the inside of the building.

He described the building as “dormitory” style and similar to a residential setting.

The sheriff’s office, Milledgeville police, Georgia Bureau or Investigation, Georgia State Patrol and state Department of Corrections responded, he said.

Law enforcement officers tazed two or three of the juveniles while bringing order to the situation, Massee said.

Center employees performed a head count following the melee. Unofficially, Massee said the count found no one had escaped.

He said about 20 juveniles will be transferred to a youth development campus in Eastman and about another 20 will be locked down at the Bill E. Ireland YDC, located on North Glynn Street.

Four 17-year-olds will be housed at the Baldwin County jail as adults, Massee said.

Some of the juveniles will be charged with inciting a riot while a few will be charged with aggravated assault because an employee was injured, he said.

The facility has a capacity to house 300 boys, according to the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice.

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