New Georgia Juvenile Justice Chief Focuses on Problems

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The Augusta facility has had a number of high-profile problems in recent years, but it's not alone.

Other facilities have seen brawls, gang activity and misconduct by corrections officers, including inappropriate relationships with residents and distribution of contraband.

Avery Niles became commissioner of the Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice Nov. 1.

He's pledged to correct existing problems and strengthen safety and security practices.

He's spent his first month visiting the department's secure facilities around the state, getting to know his staff and studying the budget.

He says recruiting is a top priority.

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