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Official suggests alternative to $120M Omaha justice center | KRVN Radio

Official suggests alternative to $120M Omaha justice center

Official suggests alternative to $120M Omaha justice center
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Omaha, Neb. —  A county board member has offered a cheaper alternative to a proposed $120 million plan for a juvenile justice center in Omaha.

The Douglas County Board and residents are disputing over the plan to create a juvenile justice campus that places courts, detention, services and attorneys all under one roof.

Critics of the $120 million proposal have asked to put the bond issue up for a public vote. Supporters say the center would lead to better services for troubled youth and families.

Board member Jim Cavanaugh presented Tuesday an alternative $50 million proposal that would build a new facility for juvenile courts. Cavanaugh also proposes renovating the existing Douglas County Youth Center instead of building a new one downtown.
City and county officials may vote on the issue this fall.

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