Paulding RYDC Closure: The Facts from DJJ
Commissioner Avery D. Niles announced today that the Department of Juvenile Justice will allow the current contract for operations at the Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) in Dallas, Georgia to end on its expiration date of December 31, 2013. The DJJ’s secure facility in Paulding County is currently run by Youth Services International, a private corrections company also known as YSI, which operates the state-owned youth detention facility under contract with the State of Georgia.
Commissioner Niles said the decision to allow the short contract extension to expire was based on the economics of being able to close the RYDC, reducing considerable overhead facility costs, with minimal reduction of bed space in the system, while making millions in funds available for additional treatment and counseling services for the youth in DJJ’s care and custody.
“Secure detention is a significant expense -- about $90,000 dollars per year, per youth in custody,” said Commissioner Niles. “The closing of just this one RYDC will result in DJJ’s annual savings of more than $6 million dollars, without displacing any youth currently in our system,” the Commissioner said.
DJJ Commissioner Avery D. Niles has ordered full safeguards, deterrents and precautions at the Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center to ensure all appropriate safety and security measures are in place during the preparations and transitions to other DJJ facilities. Corrections staffing will be maintained at existing safe levels during the transition to closure.
The Department of Juvenile Justice will allow the existing contract for operations at the Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center (RYDC) to end on its current expiration date of December 31, 2013.
The Department of Juvenile Justice will have contingency plans in place to ensure Corrections staffing is managed at appropriate levels at all times to ensure public safety and the security of DJJ Staff and residents during the facility closure.