Criminal Justice

Sheriff's employees punished after teens are left in courthouse lockup without food or toilet paper

A Georgia sheriff says employees responsible for leaving two teens in a courthouse lockup over the weekend, without access to food or toilet paper, have been suspended, demoted or transferred.

Douglas County Sheriff Phil Miller announced the punishment and said new policies and procedures will prevent any similar incidents in the future, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. Suspensions range from a week to a month.

The punished deputies are appealing the actions.

The two teens, ages 16 and 17, were discovered on Monday, June 23, after being left in the courthouse lockup from the previous Friday. One was in court for a probation violation and the other for a vehicle theft charge.

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