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      State budgets $12 million to fund Terrell Juvenile Justice Program

      The state budget includes $12 million in funding for a Regional Youth Detention Center in Terrell County.

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      The state budget includes $12 million in funding for a Regional Youth Detention Center in Terrell County.

      This funding will go towards renovation and improvements to convert a former Department of Corrections facility into a Regional Youth Detention Center in Terrell County.

      The facility will be converted to handle medical and intake, administration spaces, dining, vocational, educational and programming requirements for youth detention.

      Once completed, the facility will accommodate secure housing for juvenile offenders and will be able to house both boys and girls. This facility has been a top priority for the Department of Juvenile Justice and will replace a 30-bed Regional Youth Detention Center in Albany that was built in 1967.

      Regional Youth Detention Centers provide temporary, secure care and supervision to youth who have been charged with offenses and are awaiting placement. Also, youth who have been committed to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice are sometimes placed in a Regional Youth Detention Center while awaiting treatment in a community program or a long-term facility.

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