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.
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