Juvenile Detention Center Re-Opens

The Juvenile Detention Center has re-opened its doors in Josephine County. The Center had been closed since 2012.

Posted: Jan. 12, 2018 10:27 AM
Updated: Jan. 12, 2018 10:53 AM

JOSEPHINE COUNTY, Ore.-- The Juvenile Justice Detention Center and Turning Point Youth Residential Program are opening their doors.

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The Juvenile Detention Center was shut down back in 2012 because of budget cuts.

The passing of the safety levy last May is the reason it's able to re-open.

Before the passage of the levy funding the center's re-opening, the county was only able to house three juveniles at a time.

They would be sent to rented beds out of Roseberg.

Without the full-service facility, it was hard to do the job efficiently.

The Juvenile Justice Director says without efficient service it is hard to reduce the rate of recidivism.

The center held a grand opening Thursday night.

One volunteer says the services are a positive force that help juveniles get back on the road to recovery.

Volunteer Mark Gatlin says, "Just being ok around these kids makes a huge difference, it tells them that they're not seen as a pariah, which, sad to say, that's what they're told."

Employees have gone through a six-week training period.

Operations will begin next week.

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