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      SC hails program cutting down on young prisoners

      COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - The South Carolina Department of Corrections is taking a moment to mark the accomplishments of a program that aims to cut down on youthful offenders in the state's facilities.

      Department officials are gathering at the agency's headquarters on Friday for a Founder's Day celebration. The event celebrates work done through Intensive Supervision Services, an effort set up by former agency director Bill Byars.

      The program started in 2011. Each youthful offender is assigned an officer throughout their incarceration and parole, and officials say such a program has cut down on the number of young adults returning to South Carolina prisons.

      Speakers at the event include Irmo Elementary School educator Tony Webb and Hank Chardos, founder of Home Works of America, Inc.

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