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"Empowering Our Youth for the Future"

The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) is a state cabinet agency committed to serving South Carolina's youthful offenders. DJJ is responsible for providing custodial care and rehabilitation for the state’s children who are incarcerated, on probation or parole, or in community placement for a criminal or status offense.

Our vision is to see youth offenders in South Carolina become productive citizens by leveraging Agency resources and community partnerships to set youth on the best possible trajectory for their lives, lowering youth crime rates and recidivism in the process.

Recent News

DJJ Carpentry Student Restores History and Himself

A raw block of wood spins on the lathe as Scott’s steady hand holds the chisel. Shavings fall to the floor as the wood begins to take its intended shape. The 17-year-old at the Department of Juvenile Justice is making a bomb.

DJJ to Graduate 100+ Students with GED, Diploma

More than 100 students statewide are ready to celebrate a major academic achievement. Wednesday, July 31st, students with the Department of Juvenile Justice who earned their GED or High School Diploma over the