|Juvenile transitional home is reopening|
|By argusleader.com - John Hult|
SOUTH DAKOTA - A Department of Corrections facility for juveniles will reopen this summer under a contract with an Alabama firm.
Sequel Youth and Family Services of Huntsville was awarded a contract last month to reopen West Farm as a 32-bed transitional group home for youths with special psychiatric or emotional needs.
The farm, three miles west of Sioux Falls, once was a working agriculture operation that produced food for inmates at the South Dakota State Penitentiary. Until last June, the facility three miles south of Ellis was run by Volunteers of America as a transition point between secure custody and home for boys 14 to 17 years old.
A dwindling number of youths in that category made the continued operation unnecessary, officials said last year. The number of youths in secure care of the DOC has dropped across the board in recent years, partially as a result of a push for less-restrictive alternatives in the state’s two largest counties.
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