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DJJ 2017

A Limited Review of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice
January 2017


Members of the House Legislative Oversight Committee asked the Legislative Audit Council to conduct an audit of the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ). The committee had concerns about safety and financial issues at the agency and whether DJJ is meeting its mission for the juveniles in its custody. Our audit objectives were to:

  • Review DJJ’s management of its state appropriations.

  • Evaluate how DJJ is maintaining a safe and secure environment for staff and juveniles.
  • Review how DJJ monitors its delivery of rehabilitative treatment and educational programs for the juveniles to determine whether the agency is meeting its mission.

In July 2016, we surveyed all DJJ staff using SurveyMonkey® to get input on issues including safety and security, job satisfaction, work shifts, communication, and facilities.  We had a 55.9% response rate (674 of 1,205). We also summarized open-ended responses and referenced many of them throughout the report.