Thursday, December 31, 2015

Notorious Custer boot camp slashing staff

Conceding South Dakota's bleak history of incarcerating adolescents and young adults Marty Jackley's School to Prison Pipeline is getting the shaft.
The State Treatment Rehabilitation (STAR) Academy south of Custer is set to lay off 44 percent of its full-time positions beginning the state’s next fiscal year July 1. Jeff Haier, STAR Academy superintendent, said STAR’s budget request for fiscal year 2017 will see the elimination of 47.7 Full Time Employees (FTE), from the 108 FTEs that are currently available at the academy. For fiscal year 2016, STAR Academy’s total budget was $10,311,179, including $6.7 million for personal services and $3.5 million for operating expenses. In the fiscal year 2017 budget, the recommended budget is $7.1 million with $4.3 million for personal expenses and $2.8 million for operating expenses.
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A Brookings teen, Brady Folkens died under suspicious circumstances at the brutal camp. Criminal neglect has been alleged.

Another state camp was closed in November.

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