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Hope for a second chance

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Kids play music, one of the several programs the DJJ offers to them. Kids play music, one of the several programs the DJJ offers to them.
Programs such as carpetry are offered to help get these kids back on their feet. Programs such as carpetry are offered to help get these kids back on their feet.

By Robert McCachren

 Many young people who get arrested and sent to the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice believe they won't get a second chance. However the DJJ is trying to give these kids a hope for a better tomorrow.

Better known as the DJJ, the facility is like a community. There is a school, community living and a cafeteria, and while the kids still aren't privileged, their schedule is set up to resemble day-to-day life. 

"In the least restrictive environment that we can. To give them the opportunities to, you know, develop skills and develop confidence to be able to re enter the community, and contribute," says Communications Director Jarid Munsch.

The program wants to change that. It offers jobs like carpentry, music and welding, hoping these programs will help develop life skills that can get them back out into the community and contribute.

"A lot of them come in feeling like they aren't going to amount to anything, or that they are destined for this life," says Munsch.

For the kids that come to the DJJ, while things may not be looking up at the moment, it's good for them to know that there's change ahead.

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