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Youth in Correctional Facilities

Special Education Services for Eligible Youth with Disabilities Detained in County Jails

Eligible youth with disabilities detained in county jails are entitled to special education and related services to meet their needs and prepare them for further education, employment, and independent living. 34 C.F.R. § 300.1 Administrative Units (AU) share the responsibility for ensuring educational services for detained youth with local juvenile and adult detention centers, including county jails. 34 C.F.R. § 300.2(b). 

Administrative Unit Responsibilities for IDEA-Eligible Students Detained in County Jails Training 8/30/2023

AU Responsibilities for FAPE in County Jails

  • SC 2022:549 Mandatory SpEd Director Training Recording

  • SC 2022-549 PD  Recorded Training for County Jails Officials 

Office of Special Education Tool Kit

The Office of Special Education has developed a tool kit for improving outcomes for youth with disabilities in juvenile corrections, which includes evidence- and research-based practices, tools, and resources that educators, families, facilities, and community agencies can use to better support and improve the long-term outcomes for youth with disabilities in juvenile facilities.

If you would like more information regarding special education for youth in correctional facilities, please contact: 

Zack Van Sant
Special Education Monitoring and Technical Assistance Consultant
Email Zack Van Sant

Office Hours
When: Second Tuesday of each month at 8:30am-9:30am
Where: Zack Van Sant's Zoom Link

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