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The South Carolina Department of

Juvenile Justice
The Community Behind the Fence

The Charette Concept
What is a Charrette? groups or constituencies that have a stake in
or knowledge of the issue.
Architects know the concept of a “design
charrette” all too well: long days and late nights Next, the charrette design team formulates
in the studio, trying to complete a design responses to the issue based on what they
project within a short, intense period of time. A have heard and their knowledge and expertise.
charrette, in its simplest form, is a period of
intense design and planning for solving a Finally, at the end of the charrette, the design
design challenge. team makes a public presentation where they
may offer solutions to the problems at hand or
Dating back to the glory days of the Ecole des present different options for the community to
Beaux Arts in Paris, the charrette became consider.
synonymous with students working feverishly
to complete a project on a cart pulled by a Why the Charrette process works
friend on the way to a professor’s home (the
cart in French is “charrette”). The charrette process is effective because it
marries local knowledge, concerns and values
Today, the charrette has become one of the with outside expertise. It is the community that
most powerful and effective tools for creative drives and guides the answer.
and collaborative problem solving in
communities. Whether designing a community Invariably, every community has the answer to
master plan, designing a park or solving its issues. What they lack is the ability to find
housing challenges in urban neighborhoods, that answer. The charrette is simply a process
the charrette provides a physical framework for that allows the answer to emerge and use
a community to implement its visions and expertise to help refine the answer so it works.
engage its citizens.
Why a Broad River Road Complex
The soul of a charrette is found in bringing Charrette?
together design expertise with a broad and The South Carolina Department of Juvenile
diverse segment of the community to address Justice (DJJ) campuses on Broad River Road
their challenges collaboratively. The charrette present unique challenges in defining a
is like a chameleon taking on the spirit and community, designing a community, or creating
purpose of the community. It is also highly a “sense of community” in a juvenile prison.
adaptive–enabling each community to meet its
unique needs. Public safety and the perspective of the larger
community cannot be ignored–nor can the real
The Charrette Process
need for the life-long rehabilitation of young
The charrette process is straightforward and men and women. The question then is ”How
simple. First, a team is assembled that has the can the Broad River Road Complex become a
expertise needed to address the issue at hand. contributing community to the greater
Columbia area and the state, while also
Then, over the course of several days, a series pursuing its goals as a juvenile prison that
of public input sessions are held to gain an promotes the healthy development of the mind,
understanding of the issue from the body, and spirit of youth?”
perspective of local citizens. All of these
charette sessions are open to the public. The Broad River Road Complex (BRRC)
Some sessions are targeted to particular charrette will address the inward design of a

conceptual plan for the department to use in the redevelopment of the Broad River Road Complex. sex. color. It is hoped that each person who participates in (803) 896-9490 this charrette process will feel a sense of P.state. environment at the Broad River Road Complex that would support the department’s • Develop a strong research component to educational and rehabilitative services. REGARDING THE NONDISCRIMINATON POLICIES: Title IX –Inspector General’s • Develop a holistic approach to therapeutic Office – 803-896-9595 Title II & 504 – recreational activities through experience.us/djj redevelop the Broad River Road Complex. higher learning institutions. addressing the physical and perceived connections of DJJ to the community beyond • Utilize the Broad River Road Complex’s the fence.O. space. and features a pond. contact: families and youth opinions and ideas are solicited and incorporated into the development of the physical master plan. and activities.net The main goal of the BRRC Charrette is to develop a detailed conceptual plan to www. as well as year to develop a plan to effectively utilize the upon their re-entry into their home natural resources available within the complex. Through the charrette process. custody and supervision. Alpine • Design and develop a seamless continuum Climbing Tower. and large open of innovative activities that provide juveniles spaces. in our intense collaborative process that results in a efforts to protect the public. community For more information stakeholders. state agency partners. agency staff. recreational and therapeutic “Community THE FOLLOWING OFFICES HAVE BEEN Behind the Fence” for the committed young DESIGNATED TO HANDLE INQUIRIES men and women in the custody of DJJ. Box 21069 ownership for the future of DJJ and the youth 4900 Broad River Road they serve.sc. national origin. The conducting of a charrette at this • Engage in partnerships with diverse facility would provide DJJ the detailed plan groups. DJJ has been working with Clemson the opportunity to practice responsible University and other partners over the past behavior while in DJJ institutions.juvenile prison–of a community–while based learning. Columbia. natural environment to expose juveniles to experience-based opportunities that extend The spacious grounds behind the fence at the beyond the classroom and create a passion Broad River Road Complex total 210 acres for learning. Although numerous innovative ideas have • Create opportunities for meaningful been generated. The objectives of the plan are to: The South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice does not discriminate in any • Assist with the development of a programs or activities on the basis of race. SC 29221 Goals and Objectives Sfatki@scdjj. Special Education Office – 803-896-8484. . the department still lacks a community service activities for youth comprehensive plan on how to make the best committed to giving back to their community use of the available natural resources and (restorative justice). to assist the juveniles with their needed to create a holistic learning personal growth and life skills development. wooded areas. DJJ Office of Rehabilitative Services. communities. appropriately address the individual rehabilitative needs of the youth committed The BRRC Charrette will be a three-day to our care. disability or age. outdoor track. support the department’s efforts to programs.