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Your First Choice for Scratch and Dent Appliances in Ridgeville

In a day and age where big box stores sell overpriced appliances to hardworking men and women, droves of Americans are flocking to scratch and dent retailers. At Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, we understand that money doesn’t grow on trees. That’s why we offer our customers the largest selection of overstock and scratch and dent appliances in South Carolina.

Finding a reputable, clean discount appliance store can be challenging. Unfortunately, companies in our industry get a bad rap. Sometimes, they earn it with dingy, poorly-lit stores, empty shelves, and mediocre customer service. At Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, we are proud to give our customers the “big box” structure of major chains mixed with personable service and affordable pricing of a discount appliance business. Our store is clean, our shelves are stocked, and our staff is ready and waiting to exceed your expectations.

The surge in popularity of scratch and dent appliances might be new, but we are far from a “fly by night” appliance store. As a locally owned and operated appliance store, we have worked very hard to build trust with our customers. We have years of experience selling quality scratch and dent appliances in South Carolina, from washers and dryers to outdoor grills and everything in between. Whether you know the exact brand and appliance you’re looking for or need the assistance of a friendly sales associate, we are here to make your shopping experience seamless and enjoyable!

Customers love Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair because:

  • All of our scratch and dent or overstock appliances are in great condition, giving you years of reliable use
  • We only sell the best name brand scratch and dent appliances
  • We offer a one-year warranty on many products
  • We have the most competitive prices in South Carolina
  • Our customers always come first!

When you visit our showroom, you will see a large selection of the following products:

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Scratch and Dent Appliances

Ask yourself this: Why should you pay top-dollar prices for brand new “in the box” appliances when you can have them out of the box with the same warranty for a significant amount less? When you begin to think about buying scratch and dent appliances in Ridgeville, it begins to make all the sense in the world.

Don’t let the term “scratch and dent” scare you – all of our appliances are high-quality, name-brand products that are in great condition. You won’t ever have to worry about an inoperable oven or a faulty dryer when you shop at Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair. Our appliances are all unused and shipped to use straight off the assembly line. That’s right – you’re paying bottom-of-the-barrel prices for brand new products that your family and friends will love.

You might be asking yourself, “What’s the catch?” It might sound too good to be true, but there isn’t any catch. Our scratch and dent appliances are sold at deep discounts because a minor cosmetic issue developed somewhere along the line. A few common reasons why appliances are labeled as scratch and dent include:

  • The product’s external packaging was slightly damaged
  • The product has a small scratch that is barely visible
  • The product has a slight dent that is hard to see
  • The product has a tiny “ding” from being moved around in the warehouse
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Unlike some of our competitors, our skilled technicians perform rigorous multi-point examinations on all our appliances. That way, you can rest easy knowing that your out-of-the-box appliance is ready for regular use as soon as it arrives at your home. With a one-year warranty on most scratch and dent items, our customers leave our showroom with a smile on their face knowing their purchase is protected.

And that, in a nutshell, is the Preferred Appliance Sales and Repairs difference: quality appliances, helpful customer service, and real warranties that you can feel good about.

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Scratch and Dent Appliances – Are They Right for You?

Here’s the truth: Nobody wants an old, beat-up appliance with huge dents and scratches. Fortunately, we’re not talking about a banged-up dishwasher that barely works. Scratch and dent appliances are just like brand new, except they have a small nick that’s barely noticeable. The question is, are you OK with a small dent if it means you could save 25% off your purchase? What about 50% off? If you were to do a Google search on a name-brand appliance and compare its price to the same item in our showroom, you would see just how cost-effective scratch and dent shopping can be.

The majority of our customers are savvy shoppers who don’t mind tiny imperfections if it means that they will get a great deal. In many cases, these imperfections are paint-based, which are easily fixed with a little elbow grease. If you’re in the market for a fully functional, nearly-new appliance and don’t mind a small blemish, buying scratch and dent appliances is a great choice that won’t break your bank.

Scratch and Dent Quick Facts

  • Scratch and dent doesn’t mean “damaged.” You could save as much as 50% or more off brand new appliances with minor scrapes or dents.
  • We have a huge selection of scratch and dent appliances for sale, including washing machines, dryers, refrigerators, stoves, and much more.
  • Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair offers customers all major name brands in our industry, including Samsung, LG, Whirlpool, Kenmore, Speed Queen, Maytag, Bosch, Frigidaire, and more.
  • Each of our scratch and dent appliances is examined before you buy to ensure they work properly.
  • We offer customers a one-year warranty on most scratch and dent appliances in Ridgeville, so you can shop with confidence.
  • There is no credit needed to make a purchase at Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair. In fact, we offer up to $5,000 in approvals and can make arrangements for 90-day payment options.
  • We offer appliance delivery and repair options. We only charge $99 for in-home service calls!
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How to Get the Most Out of Your Scratch and Dent Appliances

Appliances can be a big investment, even if you’re buying them at significant discounts. Of course, you want to keep your appliances in
good shape, so they continue working properly for years. Once you buy one of our scratch and dent appliances, keep in mind these tips
to keep your new merchandise in great working order:

Clean Inside and Out

All appliances need to be cleaned, even washing machines. As an example, cleaning the coils of your new scratch and dent refrigerator will keep it running efficiently.

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Only Use Appliances as They Were Intended

If your kids love to play near your appliances, be sure they aren’t standing or sitting on them. If you’re using a scratch and dent dishwasher or clothes dryer, don’t overload them. If your appliance requires specific products, like a high-efficiency laundry detergent, only use the recommended products.

Change filters

You probably know that clothes drying machines have filters that must be changed. However, other appliances like dishwashers and ice makers can also have filters. Read your appliance’s manual to see if your product has a filter, and if so, how often it needs to be changed.

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Overstock Appliances in Ridgeville

Much like our scratch and dent merchandise, overstock appliances have become incredibly popular in recent times. While many savvy shoppers already know about the deals associated with overstock items, others hear “overstock appliances” and immediately think something is wrong. Nothing could be further from the truth!

There’s a simple explanation for overstock appliances in South Carolina, and it’s right in the name. Overstock items are products that manufacturers have made too many of or have a surplus of stock that needs to be sold. This is great news for shoppers who can get new, brand-name appliances at a fraction of their original cost.

There are many reasons why a manufacturer might need to sell their merchandise as overstock:

  • A retail store closes its doors, and its appliances and other stock must be liquidated
  • A retail store has an item that doesn’t sell as well as they had hoped
  • The manufacturer or their partners overestimated the amount of stock that they needed

While overstock items are perfectly normal, some customers think they aren’t worth purchasing because of a perceived “expiration date.” The fact is, overstock and surplus appliances are common in every industry because inventory management isn’t an easy job. Sometimes people make errors, but those mistakes can turn into amazing opportunities for high-quality appliances at great prices.

Overstock Appliances Explained

Retailers have to deal with surplus merchandise all the time because older stock must be removed to make room for newer appliances. When a retailer has a surplus of a particular appliance, they will typically reach out to the manufacturer to see if they can return their overstocked appliances. Because these manufacturers charge retailers to restock these surplus items, many retailers choose instead to off-load their stock at a discounted price, and that’s where Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair steps in.

The bottom line? Overstock appliances in Ridgeville are common, brand new, and waiting for you to check out at our showroom. We carry all the major appliance brand names, like Whirlpool, LG, Bosch, Maytag, Kenmore, and even Samsung. Unlike our scratch and dent products, you aren’t going to find any minor dings or scratches on our overstock appliances. It sounds too good to be true, but it isn’t – when manufacturers make too much, you’re in luck.

At Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, we have a vast selection of overstock appliances for you to choose from, including:

  • Microwaves
  • Washers
  • Dryers
  • Refrigerators
  • Stoves
  • TVs
  • Dishwashers
  • Much More!
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Help Save the Environment

Buy Scratch And Dent Appliances, Help Save The Environment

Buying overstock or scratch and dent appliances in South Carolina is not just a way to get a great deal on a name-brand product – it’s also a great way to help protect our environment. As you might have guessed, unused scratch and dent merchandise usually end up in a landfill to sit and rot. When these appliances are brought to landfills, they release toxic greenhouse gases and harmful substances as their chemical and metal composition deteriorate.

When you buy a scratch and dent appliance from Preferred Appliance Sales and Repair, know that you are doing your part to help protect our environment. When you break it down, buying products and appliances that would otherwise go to a landfill is a win-win. You’re getting an incredible discount on a high-quality appliance and you’re diminishing the harmful greenhouse gases that harm our precious environment.

The Premier Provider of Overstock and Scratch and Dent Appliances in Ridgeville

If you’re still on the fence about giving scratch and dent products a chance, we encourage you to visit our discount appliance store in Ridgeville. We have a full selection of appliances for you to see, like refrigerators, washing machines, dishwashers, and microwaves. If you’re looking for it, chances are we have it in stock!

If you have questions or need assistance choosing the right appliance for your home and budget, we’re here to help however possible. Whether you need a detailed rundown of how an appliance works or would like to hear more information about our easy financing options, our team will take the time to answer your questions.

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Polestar Reveals Sales Results: 29,000 In 2021

Polestar reports that in 2021 it met its "global sales target of 29,000," which represents year-over-year growth exceeding 185%.The company does not provide details, but the overwhelming majority of the sales fall on the Polestar 2 all-electric car (a small number* of sales might be ...

Polestar reports that in 2021 it met its "global sales target of 29,000," which represents year-over-year growth exceeding 185%.

The company does not provide details, but the overwhelming majority of the sales fall on the Polestar 2 all-electric car (a small number* of sales might be Polestar 1 plug-in hybrid cars).

"The company delivered on its global sales target of 29,000 vehicles in 2021, representing year-on-year growth exceeding 185%."

Polestar 2 entered series production in China in March 2020, and the first cars arrived in Europe in mid-2020.

Assuming the numbers provided by the manufacturer, we can estimate also the 2020 sales result:

Polestar says that last year, the global presence of the brand expanded from 10 to 19 markets. In the first half of 2022, a few more countries will be added: Spain, Portugal and Ireland in Europe, as well as the UAE, Kuwait and Israel in the Middle East. The plan is to expand to at least 30 global markets by the end of 2023.

Also, the retail footprint is expanding:

"Polestar’s retail footprint more than doubled in 2021 to 100 locations globally and the company aims to have 150 in operation by the end of 2022. In addition to the openings of inner-city Polestar Spaces, the company debuted its new, larger, out-of-town Polestar Destinations. The first permanent Polestar Destination opened in December 2021, outside Gothenburg, Sweden."

One of the most important things for Polestar will be the upcoming business combination with Gores Guggenheim, Inc. (Nasdaq: GGPI, GGPIW, and GGPIU), which is expected to close in the first half of 2022.

Polestar is also expected to launch its second all-electric car, the Polestar 3 - described as a premium electric performance SUV - in 2022 (see the teaser here). This new model will be produced in the U.S. at Volvo's Ridgeville plant in South Carolina alongside the all-electric successor of the Volvo XC90.

In 2023, the lineup will be expanded by the Polestar 4, and by 2024 it should consist of a total of five models. The fifth will be the Polestar 5 flagship sedan.

* the plan was to produce only 1,500 Polestar 1 over a period of a few years, before the company will go all-electric

Working Wednesdays: New Walmart Import Distribution Center hiring to fill 1300-1500 jobs

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The brand new Walmart Import Distribution Center will open soon in Ridgeville and you can learn more about employment opportunities at the massive facility on Working Wednesdays.The center is bringing more than 1000 local jobs to the area.“We’re probably gonna be more so looking into 1300-1500 jobs that we’ll be hiring to be able to support this facility and all the volume we’ll be pushing out of it, General Manager Jeff Holzbauer said.Imported goods will arrive through t...

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCSC) - The brand new Walmart Import Distribution Center will open soon in Ridgeville and you can learn more about employment opportunities at the massive facility on Working Wednesdays.

The center is bringing more than 1000 local jobs to the area.

“We’re probably gonna be more so looking into 1300-1500 jobs that we’ll be hiring to be able to support this facility and all the volume we’ll be pushing out of it, General Manager Jeff Holzbauer said.

Imported goods will arrive through the South Carolina port, and will be stored and sorted at the Walmart Import Distribution Center for delivery to approximately 850 Walmart and Sam’s Clubs throughout South Carolina and other states in the southeast.

“So we will actually start receiving product Feb. 1 of next year, and start shipping product out April 5,” Holzbauer said.

The main focus now is filling positions for freight handlers. The job pays $18 - $19.35 per hour, depending on the shift. Click here to apply.

“The week of Oct. 11 we will start going after a large number of associates to be able to help us with that receiving of the product.”

Other positions include hourly leads, maintenance technicians, order fillers, unloader/processors, and environmental health and safety associates.

The 3-million-square-foot facility is the equivalent of 52 football fields. Dorchester County Economic Development officials say construction should wrap up by the end of the year. The first shipment of goods should arrive at the center by early February, and distribution is expected to start by early April.

Working Wednesdays is a weekly segment that focuses on employment opportunities. You will learn about companies around the Lowcountry, and the current and future positions they have available. The interview will live stream at 1p.m. on Live 5 Facebook, Live5News.com and Apple, Amazon Fire and Roku tv.

Ann McGill will talk with representatives from the companies to get in depth information about the types of services and products they provide, as well as training, benefits and other information to help you decide if it’s a company you might want to work for.

Once the livestream is finished, it will be shared right here at Live5News.com and on Live 5 Facebook.

If your business would like to share job information through this format, send an email to amcgill@live5news.com and be sure to put ‘Working Wednesdays’ in the subject line.

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Gov. Henry McMaster visits Ridgeville to recognize Dorchester Heritage Center

RIDGEVILLE — Gov. Henry McMaster made a quick trip to Dorchester County to recognize one of its growing historical centers.On the 81-acre piece of property in Ridgeville that will house their future location, the Dorchester Heritage Center team received its Preservation Service Award.The honor is awarded by Preservation South Carolina, a nonprofit dedicated to maintaining the historic architectural heritage in the state. The award is given to entities that make “make exemplary contributions to the advancement of his...

RIDGEVILLE — Gov. Henry McMaster made a quick trip to Dorchester County to recognize one of its growing historical centers.

On the 81-acre piece of property in Ridgeville that will house their future location, the Dorchester Heritage Center team received its Preservation Service Award.

The honor is awarded by Preservation South Carolina, a nonprofit dedicated to maintaining the historic architectural heritage in the state. The award is given to entities that make “make exemplary contributions to the advancement of historic preservation.”

The Dorchester Heritage Center is one of four entities that received the honor in January in recognition of its work preserving the history of Dorchester County, from prehistoric times to the last century.

Since no one from the center could make it to Columbia to receive the award in January, McMaster traveled to Ridgeville on Nov. 2 to hand deliver it to the team.

“We have to preserve and protect this state,” McMaster said. “This is a big deal.”

The center was nominated by Brockington and Associates, a cultural resource management group located in Mount Pleasant.

During his presentation, McMaster emphasized the importance of the work the Dorchester Heritage Center does and the value of teaching children their history.

Currently located in the old courthouse space in St. George, the Dorchester Heritage Center was developed in 2017 with the help of volunteers and board members. It was put together in 10 months after organizers learned that the center would host a Smithsonian exhibit.

Since then, it has grown to an expansive museum with exhibits that detail the history of the county. Museum items range from prehistoric fossils and historic items from the Edisto Natchez-Kusso Tribe to Middleton Place artifacts and items from the abandoned Clayton’s Grocery.

But recently the center has outgrown its current space and is working on building a new larger location in Ridgeville.

Off U.S. Highway 78, a couple miles from the planned Walmart Distribution Center, the heritage center is building a larger space. It will have more space for an exhibit hall and archival space and research center, as well as an indoor event space and outdoor event garden.

Organizers said they expect it to also be able to host weddings and even family reunions. The new property also includes a cemetery with headstones that date as far back as the 1800s.

Center organizers believe the property is the location of an old tavern. While inspecting the property, the center discovered Native American pottery from around 2,000 years ago.

The property also has wetlands organizers are envisioning installing a nature trail around. All of these things made it seem like the perfect space, organizers said.

They also said they have a lot of fundraising to do to see the space completed. So they’re looking at the community for support in raising more than $9 million to build the new center.

“We’ve got a lot of stuff to investigate here,” said Phyllis Hughes, the center’s president and board chair.

Those who want to support the center can visit the website at dhc-sc.com. They can also email LaClaire Mizell, the center’s director, at contact-us@dhc-sc.com if they have any questions.

“It’s just going to be a really good thing for the county,” Mizell said.

The Nov. 2 award ceremony took place under a tent at the new property. Ridgeville Mayor Clarence Hughes, who was also in attendance, said he was happy to hear the center was taking so much care in preserving the nearby cemetery.

Though the new center won’t fall inside the Ridgeville city limits, it will be located only a few miles from the downtown area.

“It’s educational,” Hughes said. “It’s great for the community.”

Over the next couple of years, the Ridgeville area is expected to see a lot of growth with new housing developments and the Walmart Distribution Center.

“Y’all are getting ready to have a lot of changes happen in the next 10 years,” said Michael Bedenbaugh, the president of Preservation South Carolina.

Phyllis Hughes and fellow board member David Dement said it was good to get McMaster and all of the other county and state representatives out to physically see the space.

Dorchester County Council members and local senators and representatives were also in attendance.

“I hope it’s been eye-opening,” Dement said. “We still have some work to do.”

240-unit apartment project to begin construction off I-26 near Walmart and Volvo

RIDGEVILLE — The farthest westward apartment development in the Charleston area will begin to take shape in October.The $41 million, 240-unit Preserve at Ridgeville will be built 35 miles from downtown Charleston on about half of a 27-acre wooded tract at 1050 Old Gilliard Road, also called S.C. Highway 27.The apartments, at Exit 187 off Interstate 26 in the rural Berkeley County community of Pringletown, will be about a mile from Walmart’s $220 million distribution center being built near Ridgeville and just west o...

RIDGEVILLE — The farthest westward apartment development in the Charleston area will begin to take shape in October.

The $41 million, 240-unit Preserve at Ridgeville will be built 35 miles from downtown Charleston on about half of a 27-acre wooded tract at 1050 Old Gilliard Road, also called S.C. Highway 27.

The apartments, at Exit 187 off Interstate 26 in the rural Berkeley County community of Pringletown, will be about a mile from Walmart’s $220 million distribution center being built near Ridgeville and just west of Volvo Cars’ auto manufacturing campus.

Walmart alone is expected to create 1,000 jobs where S.C. 27 meets U.S. Highway 78. Volvo, which is located in Santee Cooper’s Camp Hall business park, already employs about 1,500 workers. Another 2,500 are expected to be hired in the years after production of a second vehicle starts in 2024.

“We are going to be the closest housing to Camp Hall and the Walmart distribution facility,” said Eric Conkright, vice president of finance at Piedmont Private Equity.

The Atlanta-based firm bought the property through an affiliate called Ridgeville Invesco LLC in July 2020 for nearly $1.5 million, according to county land records.

The Georgia firm is partnering with Ecstatic Properties of Columbia and Material Capital Partners of Mount Pleasant to build the multifamily units.

Land clearing began in June, and vertical construction is expected to begin in the fall. The first units are expected to be available in the autumn of 2022 with project completion in the spring of 2023, Conkright said.

The proposed apartment development will include eight, three-story buildings of about 229,000 square feet altogether and a one-story community center.

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Planned amenities include a resort-style swimming pool, fitness facility, outdoor seating, high-speed fiber internet, smart home thermostats and access control, dog park and pet-washing area, walking trails and an on-site leasing office.

On the apartment site where less than half the acreage will be disturbed, Conkright emphasized nature trails will be included and part of the parcel is wetlands where construction won’t occur.

“Some wetlands run through the middle of the site to make some of the buildings sit out on their own instead of looking out at another building,” Conkright said. “It’s going to feel a little more sprawling by utilizing green space, but it’s a very tranquil setting for this apartment complex.”

Conkright didn’t want to speculate on what the price per unit will be when the first units become available in just over a year, but he said apartments will most likely be priced about $200 less than the market rate for the area.

“We will be a more reasonable price point than in Summerville and Nexton areas,” he said.

That’s partially because the complex will be so far away from the Charleston metro area, but also because the land was less expensive, Conkright said.

“There will be some percentage of units offered at the low-to-moderate-income housing rates, however, most will be at market rate,” Conkright said. “We did not receive any tax subsidies from low income housing tax credits or other federal programs. This is being constructed with 100 percent private (non-governmental) capital.”

The developer has all the permits in hand. Land clearing is expected to be completed in September.

‘Shawshank for children’: SC juvenile justice facilities face increasing criticism

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Across from farmland and trees in rural Dorchester County, a complex surrounded by barbed wire sits on the side of a two-lane road. Inside this Ridgeville building, children from more than a dozen Lowcountry counties who are beginning their stay in South Carolina’s juvenile justice system are confined for up to 45 days.“It really becomes like what I call Shawshank for children in these places,” Charleston attorney Daniel Boles said.Despite its appearance and location next to the Liebe...

RIDGEVILLE, S.C. (WCSC) - Across from farmland and trees in rural Dorchester County, a complex surrounded by barbed wire sits on the side of a two-lane road. Inside this Ridgeville building, children from more than a dozen Lowcountry counties who are beginning their stay in South Carolina’s juvenile justice system are confined for up to 45 days.

“It really becomes like what I call Shawshank for children in these places,” Charleston attorney Daniel Boles said.

Despite its appearance and location next to the Lieber Correctional Institution, this facility, which is known as the Coastal Regional Evaluation Center, is not a prison.

“These facilities are not for punishment,” Boles stated. “They are supposed to help children to get better. They’re supposed to rehabilitate them.”

In 2018, one of Boles’ clients was being held at the Coastal Regional Evaluation Center when he was attacked by other detainees, according to a lawsuit. After the alleged attack, Boles says his client was not found for half an hour after another detainee alerted a guard to his client’s distress.

“He was exhibiting symptoms of someone with a serious head injury,” Boles said. “Throwing up. He was bleeding out of his ears. I’m not a doctor, but to me, those are things I recognize even as a lay person as indicative as a head injury.”

However, according to Boles, an ambulance was not called to the center. Instead, he says his client was shackled and driven in a van to Summerville Medical Center, before medical personnel flew him to the Medical University of South Carolina Children’s Hospital for serious head trauma and a fractured skull.

The Coastal Regional Evaluation Center is operated by the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice, which later settled the lawsuit Boles filed in connection with the alleged assault for $240,000.

Boles represents several other clients against DJJ, including for sexual assault and excessive isolation claims.

He believes some children come out of the DJJ system in worse mental and physical shape than when they entered it.

“There is no dollar amount,” Boles said. “They’d prefer to have a time machine and go back and unlive it.”

DJJ has been the subject of recent state hearings in response to audits exposing continued turmoil inside the department’s facilities throughout South Carolina. Senator Katrina Shealy is one of several lawmakers who have questioned DJJ officials at the hearings.

“I volunteered at the DJJ for 10 years before I became a senator,” Shealy said. “I’ve seen it good, and I’ve seen it terrible. This is terrible. This is the worst I’ve ever seen it in 20 years.”

Some of the concerns that have recently been raised about DJJ include low pay and long hours for frontline employees and the use of isolation as punishment for children in custody. However, allegations of this sort had already been surfacing against the department for years.

A report created in 2017 by an organization that is now known as Disability Rights South Carolina said that DJJ’s evaluation centers are “effectively jails by another name” and noted that on some days, the percentage of children held in isolation at DJJ’s Broad River Road Complex in Columbia exceeded 20 percent.

“Being in lock-up makes me feel suicidal because I’m claustrophobic,” one child who had been in isolation described in the report, adding that painted windows blocked sunlight from reaching inside and that there was no time for school or socializing.

Another child serving time in DJJ for petty larceny described being sexually assaulted by another juvenile, stating in the report that “it feels like I am being treated like an animal and a slave.”

The 2017 report included a list of seven suggestions that could be made to improve the DJJ system, but Beth Franco of Disability Rights South Carolina says that changes are still needed now.

“As a parent, if I had a child suffering with mental illness and I knew my child needed treatment and appropriate placement, I would not want my child at the DJJ,” Franco said. “These children are being traumatized even more.”

Franco is calling for the creation of a secure no-reject psychiatric treatment facility for mentally ill children who have been sentenced by family court judges.

“This would be tied to a continuum so that when these children leave that treatment facility and are going back into their communities, there’s a continuum wrap-around intensive mental health services for them and their families,” she explained.

In response to a list of questions regarding matters such as the current use of isolation rooms in their facilities, DJJ asked that a formal request be submitted under the Freedom of Information Act. A department attorney emailed Live 5 News Thursday to provide some information and tell us the rest is in-progress.

This week, the South Carolina Senate voted to declare that they do not have confidence in Freddie Pough, the DJJ director and former inspector general of the department. Shealy was one of the senators who voted in favor of the decision.

“It’s not going to get any better until they make some changes at the top,” Shealy said, adding that she is working on improving pay for frontline DJJ officers.

“It’s a no-win situation for the juveniles and the correction officers,” Shealy said. “If we don’t fix it, we’re just waiting on something bad to happen. Is that what it’s going to take? I hope not.”

Have you worked for the South Carolina Department of Juvenile Justice or known someone who spent time in one of their facilities? Is there something that you think Live 5 Investigates should be aware of? If so, call 843-402-5678 or send an email to tips@live5news.com.

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