New South Carolina juvenile justice chief pushes reforms

FILE - Eden Hendrick speaks after Gov. Henry McMaster nominates her to be the next director at...
FILE - Eden Hendrick speaks after Gov. Henry McMaster nominates her to be the next director at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice in Columbia, S.C., Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2022. Hendrick, the new Department of Juvenile Justice director, is leading the troubled agency after two of her predecessors resigned following state audits that found major faults, from a “useless and ineffective” in-house police force to an inability to keep children safe. (AP Photo/Jeffrey Collins, File)(Jeffrey Collins | AP)
Published: Jul. 28, 2022 at 10:58 AM EDT
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(AP) - Turning around South Carolina’s chronically dangerous juvenile prisons is now the job of a prosecutor who sent some of those children to jail.

Juvenile Justice Director Eden Hendrick tells The Associated Press she’s very hopeful that reforms are actually getting some traction.

She leads an agency where federal officials say staffers have hogtied, choked, slapped and bitten children.

At least she’ll have more money: $20 million for a separate treatment facility where severely mentally ill juveniles can get proper care, $8 million for security upgrades, $1.6 million for pay raises and $1.5 million to upgrade the system for virtual prison visits.

Gov. McMaster nominated her to be the next director at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice on Feb. 22.

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