Regional Evaluation Centers
DJJ operates three regional evaluation centers: Coastal, Midlands and Upstate. Each of the agency's evaluation centers provide court-ordered evaluations for adjudicated youth (those found guilty) prior to final disposition of their cases. The evaluation centers provide comprehensive psychological, social, and educational assessments to guide the court's disposition of cases. Evaluation centers also house youth in admissions status, meaning youth who are court-ordered to be committed to DJJ for a determinate (certain period of time) or indeterminate sentence. Youth in admissions status are screened by a multi-disciplinary team to determine an appropriate treatment and housing assignment. By law, the length of stay for youth undergoing a secure evaluation cannot exceed 45 days.
Juvenile Detention Center
DJJ's Juvenile Detention Center is a centralized pre-trial detention facility, serving juveniles from most of South Carolina's 46 counties (several counties, including Richland and Charleston, operate their own long-term and short-term detention facilities). The Detention Center is a secure, short-term facility providing custodial care and acute treatment to male and female juveniles ages 11 and older who are detained by law enforcement agencies for alleged offenses committed prior to their 18th birthday. Youth ordered to cooperate with a secure evaluation may also be ordered by the family courts to be detained prior to disposition. Youth awaiting trial on serious and violent charges reside at DJJ's Detention Center to ensure public safety and the youth’s immediate availability for court proceedings.
Broad River Road Complex (BRRC)
The Broad River Road Complex in Columbia is the agency’s long-term commitment facility. The more than 200-acre complex offers programs for boys and girls of different backgrounds and needs, including programs for youth with behavioral issues and special needs.
BRRC is also home to DJJ’s fully accredited school district, which provides continued education for youth, preparing students for post-secondary education and beyond. The Empowerment & Enrichment Academy of South Carolina (formerly Birchwood School) is where boys and girls attend middle and high school and can also earn their GEDs. This campus also includes DJJ's Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (JROTC) program, a cooperative effort between DJJ’s school district and the U.S. Army, and various enriching vocational programs.
In addition to school and vocational options, BRRC offers social work and psychology services, treatment planning, psychiatry services, a full infirmary for health care needs, gyms, open fields, a game room incentive building, recreation and various types of rehabilitative programs and work programs.
In an effort to create a variety of options for placement, DJJ has developed an array of community-based residential services with the goal of keeping youth in the least restrictive environment. These services are located throughout the state and include alternative placements in lieu of secure detention or evaluation. In conjunction with private providers, DJJ has developed alternative marine, wilderness, and special treatment programs that offer services for juveniles on transfer, probation or parole. All of these sites provide on-site schooling, as well as access to vocation/job training, evidence-based interventions, and aftercare services. Below is a list of our camp locations and total beds:
Beaufort Marine Institute | 60 Honey Bee Island Rd., Seabrook, SC 29940 (Beaufort County) | Males, 30 beds
Camp Aspen | 5300 Broad River Rd., Columbia, SC 29212 (Richland County) | Males, 30 beds
Camp White Pines | 742 T. Bishop Rd., Jonesville, SC 29353 (Union County) | Males, 40 beds
Gateways | 1748 Shivers Road, Columbia, SC 29210 (Richland County) | Males, 12 beds
Camp Bennettsville | 620 Marlboro Rd., Bennettsville, SC 29512 (Marlboro County) | Males, 20 beds
Camp Sand Hills | 2381 Campbell Lake Rd., Patrick, SC 29584 (Chesterfield County) | Males, 30 beds
Georgetown Marine Institute | Highway 17, East CCC Rd., Georgetown, SC 29440 (Georgetown County) | Males, 30 beds
Generations (Bridges) | 820 Dunkilin Bridge Rd., Simpsonville, SC 29680 (Greenville County) | 26 beds
Piedmont Wilderness Institute | 20238 Highway 72, Clinton, SC 29325 (Laurens County) | Females, 20 beds