South Carolina youth prisons agency plans to redistribute its teens held in detention from one centralized facility into three regional ones throughout the state: Columbia, Ridgeville and Union.
Department of Juvenile Justice officials decided “to transform how we’re providing services to our youth who are in our secure facilities,” Senior Strategist Monique McDaniels said.
Currently, all youth offenders are held at the long-term detention facility in Columbia. But after an audit revealed problems with the center, the department decided to transform the short-term evaluation centers in Union and Ridgeville so that kids in detention can be held closer to their homes.
“It’s a national best practice, so it’s not a new concept,” McDaniels said. “But what DJJ is doing and the way that we’re going to do it is going to be a whole new concept for the state as well as just taking in the whole mantra of trying to get kids rehabilitated, taking more of an approach of transforming and empowering them as opposed to a punitive approach.” [Read more…]