The action is not related to another investigation into unfounded allegations that officers ordered juveniles to fight each other.
Juvenile Corrections Officers Geynah Carmichael, Deborah Adams and Lt. Amanda Samples violated several DJJ policies covering “searches and contraband, and conduct and ethics,” according to a news release from the DJJ. Investigators said they found evidence that Carmichael, Adams and Samples all brought contraband food items into the secure facility without the director’s approval.
Carmichael and Adams are also charged with violating DJJ “security management policy for abandonment of their assigned posts without proper authorization.”
Carmichael, Adams and Samples were suspended for a day with pay.
“Our procedure calls for them to decide whether to fully commit to acceptable job performance during the next 12 months or to turn in their resignations,” said DJJ Commissioner Gale Buckner.
Buckner launched an internal affairs investigation after a youth in custody claimed that juvenile corrections officers at the YDC in Rome set up the fight that resulted in her fractured nose.
However, the resulting Internal Affairs investigation cleared all the accused officers of those charges.
Carmichael and Adams were two of three officers who were cleared of the original charges of ordering youth-on-youth assaults.
India Jones was the third officer who was cleared by DJJ Internal Affairs of the fight allegations, but Jones was subsequently fired after officials said she failed to take action to prevent the assault.
Haley Bonds, whose daughter was severely injured in the fight, said she wished the investigators had “believed the kids.”
“I wish they had polygraphed the kids instead of the adults,” Bonds said.
The officers passed polygraph tests.
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