Easley Jeffcoat Death – After attempting suicide on Monday, a 16-year-old juvenile offender at the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice passed away in the Columbia, South Carolina, region of the state’s juvenile detention facility. The Richland County Coroner’s Office named the boy as Easley Jeffcoat. DJJ announced in a news release on Thursday morning that the teen attempted suicide at 10:30 p.m. on Monday at the Willow Lane Infirmary on the Broad River Road campus.
Easley Jeffcoat Death
The long-term commitment facility for DJJ is located on the 200-acre Broad River Road site. Before EMS arrived, DJJ stated, the teenager received CPR. He was then transported to a nearby hospital, where he passed away late on Wednesday afternoon. Counselors will be available to DJJ staff until noon today, according to the agency.
A 16-year-old Anderson County student committed suicide in his DJJ dorm room in 2014, according to media reports. The teenager was not being kept in solitary confinement or under suicide watch, according to a report published at the time in The Post and Courier. Instead, the boy was awaiting trial for a burglary charge. According to the newspaper, the State Law Enforcement Division was enlisted to assist with the investigation and three DJJ employees were suspended.
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
DJJ operates three regional evaluation centers: Coastal, Midlands and Upstate. Each of the agency’s evaluation centers provide court-ordered evaluations for adjudicated youth (those found guilty) prior to final disposition of their cases. The evaluation centers provide comprehensive psychological, social, and educational assessments to guide the court’s disposition of cases.
Evaluation centers also house youth in admissions status, meaning youth who are court-ordered to be committed to DJJ for a determinate (certain period of time) or indeterminate sentence. Youth in admissions status are screened by a multi-disciplinary team to determine an appropriate treatment and housing assignment. By law, the length of stay for youth undergoing a secure evaluation cannot exceed 45 days.