Juvenile Corrections

STAR Academy For youth

The State Treatment and Rehabilitation Academy (STAR Academy) for juveniles is located approximately four-and-a-half miles south of Custer, SD on Highway 385. 

The youth that are served by the STAR Academy have all been placed in the custody of the Department of Corrections by the court system.  Both delinquent children and Children in Need of Supervision may be placed at the STAR Academy at the direction of the Director of Classification.  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, Unified Judicial System and the Department of Corrections.

Programs for male juveniles located on the campus are the Patrick Henry Brady Academy and the Youth Challenge Center. A program for girls, QUEST, is also part of the STAR Academy.  That program is located in Custer State Park at the site of the former Youth Forestry Camp and is licensed as a group care center by the Department of Social Services.

STAR Academy operates an accredited middle and high school known as STAR Evergreen High School.

The state Department of Health provides medical, dental and optometric services for the juvenile corrections system. The state Department of Social Services provides mental health and chemical dependency services.

Correctional Behavioral Health

Treatment is also offered for sex offenders.

STAR Academy

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


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