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State Replaces Eastman YDC Director

The director of the state's Youth Development Campus in Eastman has been replaced after two corrections officers were injured in disturbances this week.

Amy Howell, the state commissioner of juvenile justice, visited the Eastman YDC Friday and replaced director Todd Weeks. That's according to Scheree Moore, director of the communications for the state agency.

"She's going in a new direction with new leadership," Moore said.

Weeks will be replaced by George Smith, who has 30 years' experience in corrections, she said.

Last Sunday, the Department of Juvenile Justice said a corrections officer suffered minor injuries after some of the young inmates refused to follow orders and local law enforcement was called in to help.

On Wednesday, Moore said, a second officer was injured in another disturbance. She would not describe the circumstances, saying the case is still under investigation.

She also would not identify the guard, but said she was treated and released at a local hospital.

Moore said those were the only two disturbances at the Eastman YDC this week.


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