Broken Shackle Ranch
It is a male only facility for the age-group betwwen 16 and 19.
It was founded in 1984 by Gary & Kathy Cobb.
The teenagers are referred from either:
- The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice
- The Department of Family and Children Services
- Their legal guardians.
When admitted to the facility the teenagers are presented with a list of rules they have to obey. If they break them they will end up on restriction, which the facility compare with being grounded.
They use an unformal level system where teenager with longer stay at the facility correct the new ones.
They provide education, so the youth can obtain a GED.
They also run a independed living program called Omega House, which is located in Augusta.
In the news
The facility was involved in a lawsuit based on a death of a 15 year old boy (Bryan Jones), who was electrocuted at the ranch due to faulty wiring .
- Info: Program homepage
- Info: It’s All the rage! - n in-depth look at behavior modification in the United States, by Angela Smith
- Info: GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN RESOURCES et al. v. JOHNSON et al. COBB et al. v. JOHNSON et al. A03A1064. A03A1065. Court of Appeals of Georgia. November 25, 2003. (From HEAL-online)
- Forum: ARTICLE: Georgia Agencies not liable for teen's death in '95, a thread on Prison talk regarding the case about the electrocuted boy