Dept. of Juvenile Justice Director to host town hall meetings
The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, under the leadership of Director Freddie Pough, is preparing to fundamentally shift the way the agency serves youth, families and victims in South Carolina.
Through the process of “regionalization,” DJJ will serve committed youth in smaller facilities closer to their home communities, as opposed to them all residing in a centralized, distant state facility.
Last Fall, Director Pough hosted town halls in the Upstate and Low Country regions. This Spring, he’s hosting town hall meetings in the Midlands and Pee Dee regions for the general public, lawmakers, community partners and media to learn more about the agency’s regionalization plan.
“Our intention is to fully regionalize by the end of 2020,” explains DJJ Director Freddie Pough. “Providing educational, rehabilitative and vocational services regionally will help us engage with families and community partners to better serve our youth. We believe this will help us expand educational and workforce development opportunities for our young people both while they’re committed and after release.”
DJJ currently has one long-term facility for committed youth - the Broad River Road Complex (BRRC) in Columbia. The agency also has three regional evaluation centers - Columbia (Midlands), Ridgeville (Low Country), and Union (Upstate) - and one centralized Juvenile Detention Center.