Georgia resumes control over Crisp RYDC

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is once again running its Regional Youth Detention Center in Crisp County.

A badge presentation ceremony this week culminated the transition from Youth Services International, a private company that had contracted with the state until the end of March.

YSI extended the contract several weeks to complete the shift back to state control, according to a DJJ news release.

As of May 1, the state-owned facility is staffed by DJJ employees.

Eligible YSI staffers from the southwest Georgia facility were invited to apply for state jobs, Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles said in a news release.

“The Crisp facility completed this transition seamlessly while maintaining normal security, school, medical, programming, and food service operations,” Niles said.

The facility opened as a Youth Development Campus in 2004 and was converted to a Regional Youth Detention Center in 2006.