Division of Community Services
DJJ's Division of Community Services is responsible for a wide range of direct services to youth and their families, as well as victims of crime, in the community across the state. Among these services are a number of programs and initiatives aimed at providing effective supervision of youth in the least restrictive environment, who are on probation or parole and support for their families, with the goals of reducing juvenile crime and recidivism, and providing for safer communities.
DJJ provides services to juveniles and their families in the community through 43 DJJ county offices, servicing all 46 counties in the state. Community case managers are involved with juveniles from the moment they enter the system until they complete probation and/or parole. The county staff conduct detention screenings and intake interviews, complete risk /needs assessments; and make recommendations to the family court for disposition. Case managers also coordinate case diversion, supervise juveniles on probation or parole, and participate in prevention initiatives.
The primary focus of the Office of Community Justice is to develop a continuum of effective programmatic initiatives that lead to creating a restorative justice system for all who are impacted by juvenile crime -- juveniles, their families, and victims. Programs coordinated through this office include:
- Juvenile Arbitration -- provides a statewide network of community-based programs that successfully divert first-time juvenile offenders charged with committing non-violent criminal offenses
- Prevention and Intervention Services -- partners with the family court system, schools, and local organizations throughout South Carolina to develop and implement a variety of delinquency prevention and intervention initiatives for at-risk youth, such as eliminating truancy
- Victim Services -- offers a variety of services, ranging from contacting victims (prior to making recommendations to the Solicitor's Office) to informing victims of any post-adjudicatory hearings. Victims Services seeks to give victims a sense of justice, as well as to assist them in the recovery process
- Interstate Compact Services -- arranges for supervision of delinquent juveniles who move to or from South Carolina
- Placement Services -- offers educational, therapeutic, and social skills development sessions in a highly supervised and structured environment. This includes wilderness camps, marine institutes, and multiagency private providers (group homes)
South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice
4900 Broad River Road
Columbia SC, 29212-3552
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The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age. THE FOLLOWING OFFICES HAVE BEEN DESIGNATED TO HANDLE INQUIRIES REGARDING THE NONDISCRIMINATON POLICIES: Title IX -- Inspector General's Office -- 803-896-9595 Title II & 504 -- Special Education Office -- 803-896-8484.