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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 10:43 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.

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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