R.E.A.D.Y. Program
(Richland County, Educating, And Deterring, Youth)

Qualified Age (12 to 16)

Sheriff Leon Lott implemented the R.E.A.D.Y. Program in 2007 for challenged youth to have an overnight stay. The program consists of character building scenarios to help develop life skills. The focus point of interest is to reduce the delinquent behavior, among our youth. In return this will give them a real world experience on how life will be if they continue to make poor life decisions. 

More than twenty five hundred young adults have gone through the R.E.A.D.Y. The goal is to see our youth establish better behavior patterns within the household and community.  

As successful as the R.E.A.D.Y. Program has been, parents are still reaching out, voicing that there is still work that needs to be done with our youth. The common response from parents evaluating the R.E.A.D.Y. Program is, “What’s next?” As a result, the program appropriately titled NEXT STEP, has been implemented for students to have a mandatory mediation meeting (15 to 30 days out) after the completion of the R.E.A.DY. Program.

The Next Step Program began in 2012 to empower parents and help kids of all walks of life; in all stages of life. The program consists of intense educational workshops along with family mediation sessions. This program will bridge with other components from the Sheriff’s Department and communities. The program will walk the families step-by-step from a troubled situation back to a solid foundation.   

The process for signing a student up for the READY Program are as follow: 

  • Parent or guardian must pay an administrative fee of $10.00 (which covers cost of jail jumper, and dinner) The fee is $20.00 for out-of-county residents.
  • Parent or guardian will bring the student to Richland County Sheriff's Department located at 1931 Pineview Drive, Columbia SC on that Friday evening at 3:30 PM and retrieve their child the next day (Saturday morning) promptly at 5:00 AM from the same location.
  • Parent or guardian MUST attend a mandatory two hour Next Step Program workshop from 4:00pm to 6:00pm after they drop their child off.

If there are any questions, parent or guardian may contact Cpl. Acox (803-309-1399) or by email tacox@rcsd.net

Scheduled Dates: Make contact with Cpl Acox

Males -  TBA

Females -  TBA

Permission slips and other forms will be available on request.

“What life means to us is determined not so much by what life brings to us as by the attitude we bring to life; not so much by what happens to us as by our reaction to what happens.”

                                                                                   Lewis L. Dunnington   


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