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Juvenile Detention Center coming to Terrell County

The former Terrell County Detention Center has been closed for at least eight years and is now being renovated to house juveniles/DonovanLong

The Terrell County Detention Center has been closed for at least eight years and is now being renovated to house juveniles.

"We are trying to take a proactive approach in trying to keep young people out of our prison system," said Gerald Greene, Georgia Representative.

The facility will cost the state nearly $12 million. Representative Greene said the money will be used to give junvile offenders a fresh start upon re-entering society.

"Give them a good education, give them a start here and then work with them out in the community," said Representative Greene.

Representative Greene and Senator Freddie Powell Sims were instrumental in bringing this facility to the county. Greene added that this project is important to him because he's always made juvenile justice a top priority.

"Finally, we're getting around to helping these individuals, who aren't in prison that need help, instead of just locking them up," said Representative Greene.

"Once the building is done, we will hire more individuals to work here," said Senator Sims.

According to Senator Sims, officials will be looking to fill positions such as counselors, educators and behavioral health professionals, among others.

"So, this is a true economic boost for this area," said Senator Sims.

This center will not only provide jobs for local residents, but according to Senator Sims, it will teach junveiles technical skills in areas like culinary arts, horticulture and computer science.

"It is a lot to be thankful for, and it is a true God-sent to this particular area," said Senator Sims.

The Juvenile Detention Center is slated to open in the fall of 2016.

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