COLUMBIA - The South Carolina Department of Corrections is taking a moment to mark the accomplishments of a program that aims to cut down on youthful offenders in the state's facilities.

Department officials gathered at the agency's headquarters on Friday for a Founder's Day celebration. The event celebrated work done through Intensive Supervision Services, an effort set up by former agency director Bill Byars.

The program started in 2011. Each youthful offender is assigned an officer throughout their incarceration and parole, and officials said such a program has cut down on the number of young adults returning to South Carolina prisons.

Speakers at the event included Irmo Elementary School educator Tony Webb and Hank Chardos, founder of Home Works of America, Inc.