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Columbia’s CCP: A Case Study

Youth Employment

Attempts have been made to provide youth with employment through CCP. The City of Columbia’s Youth Employment Program has provided a matching $50,376 to provide both summer and after-school work experiences for youth.

Alternatives to Incarceration

The Department of Juvenile Justice’s (DJJ) program, “Passport for Success: An Alternative to Juvenile Incarceration,” was approved in December, 1996. The program goal is to provide a highly-structured, community-based pro- gram for juvenile offenders. Program activities will include: peer groups and family training; training and experiences that promote positive behaviors; sanctions that include restitution; rewards for those who exhibit positive be- havior; substance abuse prevention through testing, assessments, and educa- tion; educational experiences and discipline skills; and environmental aware- ness and appreciation of community service. Collaborating staff and institu- tions include: three program counselors from DJJ; Richland County School District; a service provider, to be subcontracted; and an evaluator, to be sub- contracted.

Drug Court

The drug court was initiated in mid-October under Judge Joseph Wilson. By November 25, they had received 71 active referrals and another twelve to fif- teen referrals who were not yet fully processed. Rehabilitative services were provided by Lexington/Richland Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council. The purpose of the program is to provide mandatory treatment for minor drug offenders who voluntarily enter the program. Those involved in the program must at- tend two meetings a week of either Narcotics or Alcoholics Anonymous and three group-therapy sessions provided by Lexington/Richland Alcohol & Drug Abuse Council or the Lancaster Recovery Center. Both treatment organiza- tions have received specialized drug court training. Every week, participants must submit to drug tests. It is expected that they will either keep or find employment. Every two weeks they must appear before Judge Wilson to dis- cuss their progress. If participants are truant or fail drug tests, they will be subject to either intermediate punishments by Judge Wilson or traditional court procedures.

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