CASTLE HAYNE — The New Hanover Regional Juvenile Detention Center in Castle Hayne is operating with a new facility leader as of Jan. 30.
Devante Hicks, originally from Louisburg, began his career with the Division of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention nine years ago in Cabarrus Youth Development Center as a youth counselor technician. He graduated from North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University in Greensboro with a BA in criminal justice and political science.
He was promoted throughout his tenure in Cabarrus County, to housing unit supervisor in 2016 and the following year, youth counselor.
In 2017 Hicks transferred to Edgecombe Youth Development Center and was promoted in 2018 to youth counselor supervisor. Thereafter, he took on the role as assistant director and program manager at the facility and served there until 2021, where he helped pilot RISE-UP Program, instructing youth on life lessons based on restorative justice.
“Devante has a high level of managerial skill sets that he combines with his selfless dedication to duty and a strong work ethic,” said Stanley Melvin, JJDP east regional manager for facility operations. “He challenges himself to be better and expects the same of his facility workforce.”
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