OnPoint on WACH Fox: Rehabbing SC's children behind bars
COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH) - While state leaders look for ways to reform South Carolina's prison system in the wake of one of the deadlist prison riots in a quarter-century, who's watching the children?
On this week's OnPoint on WACH Fox, we look at rehabilitating South Carolina's children behind bars.
No developed nation jails children at the rate the U.S. does. Approximately 54,000 young people are kept in American youth detention centers each night. Another 5,400 are in adult jails and prisons. That's five times the number in South Africa, a region with the second-highest incarceration rate for youths.
Studies show the long-term psychological effects of juvenile incarceration can impact the trajectory of a child, making it difficult finish school, go to college or get a job.
Here in South Carolina, Freddie Pough is the newly confirmed director of the state Department of Juvenile Justice. He brings a strong reputation and successful track record of preparing incarcerated youth for future success by helping reduce the likelihood that they'll end up going back to jail.
During an in-depth exclusive interview with Cynthia Hardy and Brian McConchie, Pough talks about his philosophy for not just locking kids up, but for lifting them up along the way.