CADWELL, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – A youth detention facility is coming to Laurens County. The facility has one goal in mind, that’s to set youth up for success when they leave the detention center.
Cadwell RYDC is a multi-million dollar project, and has been in the works for years. Commissioners say they want the facility to give youth a sense of family, versus jail.
“Kids sometimes get disappointed that they’ve done something wrong, and maybe no one wants to forgive them, but once they start feeling that forgiving nature of any citizens that come to them and say yes we want you to come back to our communities and continue to be successful and productive citizens,” Community Services Division Assistant Deputy Commissioner Victor Roberts said.
The Cadwell RYDC is a $21-million state funded project.
“This facility is a facility that that’s designed so kids can reach their full potential,” Georgia Department of Juvenile Corrections Commissioner Avery Niles said.
Cadwell will house 56 inmates.
“It’s important that this facility is just not a facility that we lock kids up. It’s a facility in which where kids come here short-term,” Niles said.
Commissioners say this facility will give kids what they need so they can become productive citizens.
“Treatment of services, substance abuse, anger management, all of those things that interfere with the traditional classroom. These kids will be able to function here and learn the life skills and take those life skills away from here, back home to make their home life better,” Niles said.
The facility will bring youth life skills needed outside of Cadwell’s walls.
“The culture program teaches them how to deal with nature itself, we also have some cooking programs that will teach them how to be chefs, and we also have other programs to educate them as far as a GED,” Cadwell RYDC Director Gary Darrisaw said.
Commissioner Victor Roberts says giving the youth love, guidance, and something to look forward to goes a long way.
“It’s not the same family, but you want to make that environment feel as close as possible so they can feel connected to someone,” Roberts said.
The facility is bringing over 150 full-time jobs. Darrisaw says a lot of their applicants are from Middle Georgia. Cadwell RYDC will officially open early next year.