Sheriff’s Office to Start Troubled Youth Program
Lancaster, SC (Tuesday 09/03/2013) – Sheriff Faile and the members of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s are excited to announce the implementation of the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office Crossroads program. The program finds its roots in the traditional “Scared Straight” programs and is designed to work with troubled youth who are at an important crossroads in their life. The program intends to expose young people to the dangers of criminal activity by exposing them to the consequences of danger behavior. The overall goal of the program is discourage troubled youth from choosing a life of criminal activity and dangerous behavior. Participants begin the program at 5:30 pm when they will be sentenced to 1 night of incarceration at a detention facility. During the time in the program, the participants will wear inmate clothing, eat inmate meals, and attend educational sessions about drug abuse, criminal activity, and dangerous behavior. Participants will also clean cells and participant in physical fitness training. The program will conclude the following morning after the participant spends the night in a jail cell.
Parents who register their child in the program will also attend a workshop designed to help them learn techniques to deal with their troubled child more effectively. The program will be facilitated by Deputy Sheriff’s and several local community organizations will assist in some of the educational sessions.
The program is 100% voluntary and parents may register their child beginning immediately for the first session. Youth ages 12-16 are eligible for participation. Boys and girls will be separated and attend separate sessions. Registration forms are available at the front desk of the Sheriff’s Office Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm. A registration fee of $25 ($50 out of county residents) is due at the time the registration is turned in. Programs will be held each third Friday of every month and registrations are due the Wednesday prior to the scheduled event. Each month will alternate between male and female participants. Space is limited to 7 participants for each session and applications will be accepted on a first come first serve basis.
First Session: Friday September 20th, 2013 (Male only)
Friday October 18th, 2013 (Female Only)
Friday November 15th, 2013 (Male Only)
Friday December 20th, 2013 (Female Only)
Additional sessions will follow the same schedule and be announced via the Sheriff’s Office website and Facebook page.
Sheriff Faile said, “We are extremely excited about this program. We are confident that we will be able to guide a young person away from a life of crime and dangerous behavior. Our children are our most valuable resources and the Sheriff’s Office is committed to helping protect and educate them. We hope that the program will truly make a difference in a child’s life. We would much rather spend this time with the child then have to arrest or bury that child later in life. Our staff has worked hard organizing the program and we can’t wait to get started.”