Acting Director, SC Department of Juvenile Justice
Freddie Pough is Acting Director of the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice. He was appointed to the position on January 27, 2017 by Governor Henry McMaster.
Acting Director Pough is concurrently serving as DJJ Inspector General, a position he’s held since March 2016.
In his time with the agency, Pough implemented a more thorough search and seizure policy for staff and visitors coming onto the Broad River Road Complex and across DJJ. He’s also taken an aggressive stance against gangs and helping to ensure safety and security by implementing Gang Intervention and Chief of Police positions into DJJ daily operations.
Pough helped establish DJJ’s Special Response Team (SRT), designed to quickly respond to disturbances and security needs at the agency’s secure facilities.
Pough created and implemented DJJ’s Emergency Response Plan. The plan withstood Hurricane Matthew and helped to ensure the well-being of staff and juveniles across South Carolina during the mandatory evacuations, storm, floods and aftermath.
Pough is a 1999 graduate of SC State University with a degree in criminal justice. He has over 15 years of experience in law enforcement, starting his career as a front-line Juvenile Correctional Officer at DJJ in 2000. He then served as SLED’s Lieutenant in the Midlands Investigative Region, a position that also required him to work closely with DJJ.
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
4900 Broad River Road
Columbia SC, 29212-3552
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