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Sheriff’s youth program to appear on national TV show
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

RICHLAND COUNTY, SC - On December 8, the Richland County Sheriff’s Department’s R.E.A.D.Y" (Richland County, Educating, And Deterring, Youth) Program will be showcased on A&E.

Sheriff Leon Lott announces that A&E has released the airdates for the final seven episodes of the second season of "Beyond Scared Straight." They remain on Thursdays at 10 PM, starting December 8th and ending January 19th. The Richland County Sheriff’s Department R.E.A.D.Y (Richland County, Educating, And Deterring, Youth) program will debut as the season opener on Thursday, December 8, 2011.

The R.E.A.D.Y. Program (Richland County, Educating, And Deterring, Youth) is an extension of the Crossroads Program, which was introduced in 2008 for students displaying behavior problems. The students are brought by their parents to the Sheriff's Department and taken on a tour of the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center followed by a presentation from the Richland County Coroners office for a "reality check". More than three hundred young adults have gone through the program and the vast majority of those students have stayed out of trouble. As successful as the Crossroads Program has been, parents are still reaching out, voicing that there is still work that needs to be done with our youth. The common response from parents evaluating the program; request an overnight stay at a correctional facility to further get the message across. As a result, the program appropriately titled R.E.A.D.Y., has been implemented for students (ages twelve to sixteen) to have an overnight stay inside of a jail cell located at 1701 Main Street in Columbia.

R.E.A.D.Y. was implemented in order to reduce delinquent behavior concerning our youth as well as giving them a reality check on how life will be if they continue down the wrong path. Participating youth will be monitored the entire evening by Richland County Deputies. At the conclusion, the Richland County Sheriff's Department Gang Unit will talk with the students about their experience and what they need to do in the future to avoid a real trip to the facility. If you are interested in finding out more about the program or for enrollment information Investigator Gerald Walls at 518-4127 and pay an administrative fee of $10.00 (which covers cost of jail jumper, snack and breakfast).

Source: http://columbia.wistv.com/news/crime/50709-sheriffs-youth-program-appear-national-tv-show

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