North Augusta on Monday passed an annual resolution related to the detention of juveniles who are charged with committing crimes in the city.
City Council passed a resolution that authorizes a memorandum of agreement with the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice to provide secure detention services for juveniles charged with crimes.
The resolution passed 6-0, with council member Eric Presnell being absent.
The resolution defines juveniles as people under the age of 17.
“This is an annual agreement that the city has with the S.C. Department of Juvenile Justice, they require this for all of their local governments,” said interim City Administrator Rachelle Moody.
She said the city is required to cover the incarceration costs for any juvenile that has to be transported to DJJ by a North Augusta Public Safety officer.
“This agreement just outlines the requirement that we are required to cover those costs. We do this agreement every year,” Moody said.
North Augusta Public Safety Chief John Thomas said there is a very low number of juveniles arrested in the city and that the department uses the DJJ facility in Columbia when juveniles are transported there.
Thomas said when a child is arrested, the parents or guardians of the child are given a promissory note with a court date.
City Council did not vote on any other resolutions or ordinances but did discuss the 2021 budget and Riverside Village tax payments during the meeting.