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The former sanitarium near Custer will continue to serve as an administration building for juvenile corrections programs at Custer State Park, while the STAR Academy in another location has closed.
The former sanitarium near Custer will continue to serve as an administration building for juvenile corrections programs at Custer State Park, while the STAR Academy in another location has closed.
South Dakota Department of Corrections photo
November 18, 2015

State Closes STAR Academy For Juveniles At Custer

The former state-run Youth Forestry Camp, now the STAR Academy, has closed and the boys in that program have been integrated into the girls program at another location at Custer State Park, reports the Rapid City Journal

The juvenile corrections program, which emphasizes life skills and counseling, had been in operation for nearly 50 years by the South Dakota Department of Corrections. The dormitory-style building and surrounding buildings have been turned over to the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish and Parks. 

Boys at STAR Academy, ranging from 14 to 18 years old, had been more than 200 in 2000 but had dropped to 45 due to improved success intervening with juveniles in their communities, officials said. 

The closure is expected to save the state $550,000 per year. 

Read more about Custer State Park on the Black Hills Knowledge Network

 

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