Savannah RYDC Overcrowding Result of Budget Cuts, Report Says

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The Savannah Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) is busting at the seams with no relief in sight.

The Savannah Morning News is reporting that the detention center can take 105 kids before juveniles start being routed to another facility. That happened eight times from July 1, 2010, to June 30, 2011.

During that time period, the facility was at or over capacity for boys on 75 days, or 21 percent of the time, the newspaper said. For girls the facility was at or over capacity for 123 days, or 34 percent of the time.

There’s a detention facility an hour away in Claxton where Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice (DJJ) officials route kids when the Savannah facility gets too full. The problem is that DJJ doesn’t provide transportation and local police don’t have the time to constantly transport young people to the alternate facility, Savannah-Chatham police Chief Willie Lovett told the newspaper.

The overcrowding appears to be in direct result of the May 1 closures of youth detention centers in Blakely and Griffin brought on by state budget cuts, leaving 20 facilities statewide. The children were moved out gradually so Savannah reportedly was left to pick up the kids from Effingham County that used to go to the Claxton facility. Read the full story here.

3 thoughts on “Savannah RYDC Overcrowding Result of Budget Cuts, Report Says

  1. The overcowding is terrible!. I was in there for a couple weeks starting april 23 to around june 17 an fb I go 2b transfered to macon ydc because it was overcrowded. I wasnt able to see my family becase they lived in savannah. AND AOTHER THING! WHY IS IT WHEN U GET TO INTAKE THEY MAKE U SIGN A PIECE OF PAPER SAYING TOU RECIEVED SHEETS BLANKETS PILLOWS TOOTHBRUSH TOOTHPASTE ETC. WHEN REALLY THEY NEVER GIVE IT TO YOU. AND THE SOAP BURNS YOUR SKIN. THEY ONLY HAVE BRISSLE BRUSHES WHICH IS REDICULOUS! PEOPLE OF CERTAIN RACES HAVE TO HAVE DIFFERENT BRUSHES. AND I GOT PUT ON 72 HOUR LOCKDOWN FOR THIS GIRL FIGHTING ME AN FB I DIDNT EVEN TOUCH HER! AND BECAUSE OF THAT LOCKDOWN I WASNT ALOUD TO GET VISITATION. THE GUARD GRANT IS VERY RACIST. WHEN ONE PERSON GETS SICK THE WHOLE CELL BLOCK GETS SICK. SO I PERSONALLY THINK THE STATE NEEDS TO START RAKING BETTER CARE OF THE KIDS IN JUVENILE. REDICULOUS…