Juvenile Corrections

Patrick Henry Brady Academy


The Patrick H. Brady Academy program is designed to improve the quality of life for young men through a short-term comprehensive approach that includes counseling, education, life skills development, substance abuse services and positive role modeling for participants.


The Patrick H. Brady Academy is located on the grounds of the STAR Academy in southwestern South Dakota. The city of Custer is approximately 4 miles from the program and is a major tourism location during the summer months. Visitors to the program may travel through the Black Hills National Forest, Custer State Park or Wind Cave National Park and experience the sight of bison, bighorn sheep, mountain goats, deer, elk and many other wildlife species.

The Brady Academy itself is located in a building to the rear of the main administration building for the campus. The living area is designed in a dormitory style, housing up to 48 young men between the ages of 14 and 18.

Program Participants

The Brady Academy serves young men that have exhausted all the resources in their communities or have committed crimes that necessitate them being removed from the community. They may have committed felony or misdemeanor offenses, violated their conditions of probation, have truancy or behavioral issues in school and may have difficulty in family relations. The young men that are served by the Brady Academy have all been placed in the custody of the Department of Corrections (DOC) by the court system. Both Delinquent Children and Children in Need of Supervision (CHINS) may be placed at the Brady Academy at the direction of the Juvenile Placement Director. Children in Need of Supervision must also be reviewed by a state level review team comprised of representatives from the Department of Social Services, Department of Human Services, Department of Education and the Department of Corrections. New youths are generally Low to Medium Risk and are primarily non-violent offenders. Any youth that fails to abide by the rules of the program may be dismissed from the program and placed in a different environment consistent with their correctional and treatment needs.


The Brady Academy program is operated solely by the Department of Corrections. Youth must be committed to the Department of Corrections by a circuit court that has determined their needs can no longer be met in the community. The Brady Academy offers youth a safe and structured environment to learn and address issues that have caused them problems in the past.

Length of stay is determined by the treatment needs of the juvenile and involves the youth participating in counseling, life-skills development, educational classes, physical activity, learning structure and self-discipline. Each youth will progress through a series of levels comprising elements necessary to successfully complete the Brady Academy. Youth in all levels are in required to participate in educational services and counseling sessions throughout their stay in Brady Academy.

An individualized Treatment Plan is developed for each youth within three weeks of arrival. The youth, parents, guardians, JCA and counselor are all involved in identifying strengths and needs of each student. Each plan consists of goals and objectives for the youth to address during their placement. Specific time frames are established to allow youth to measure their progress against the established plan.

Youth are provided with clothing and essentials during their stay at Brady Academy. This prevents them from potentially identifying with any gang or social status groups based on the type of clothing they may wear. Youth are encouraged to maintain contact with their family, if appropriate, during their stay. Youth are allowed one phone call and two visits per week. Phone calls a provided by STAR Academy.

The amount of personal property a student may possess during the program is limited due to space availability. Parents should contact program staff prior to sending any items through the mail or transporting them during a visit to ensure it is an allowable item. Youth may have written communication with family members as often as desired. The DOC will provide each youth with stamps and envelopes for outgoing mail.


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Patrick Henry Brady Academy
Address: 12279 Brady Drive
Custer, SD 57730
Phone: (605) 673-2521
Fax: (605) 673-5489

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