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
Make contact with Cpl Acox
Males - TBA
Females - TBA
slips and other forms will be available on request.