With only one juvenile in the Detention Center over the last two weeks, the Scotts Bluff County Commissioners have decided to close the juvenile facility for an undetermined length of time. The decision comes after having to house over 78 adult detainees in other facilities across the state, costing the county $3,500 a day.
A media release from Board Chair Mark Masterton says by allowing 30 beds to be open back up it would save the county $1,350 a day. Masterton says it is not fiscally responsible to keep one juvenile in a facility that could house 33 adults. He added the State of Nebraska is using alternative approaches to detention of juveniles and this action has reduced the population of juveniles in the Scotts Bluff facility.
“The Board of Commissioners recognized this situation in May when they closed the facility on a temporary basis. Recognizing that there is a need for a limited amount of juvenile incarceration, the Board decided to re-open the juvenile facility but it appears the need is not there so the Board decided that the best use of this space would be to bring back as many of our adult population as possible and relocate the one juvenile.”
The action will become effective on Friday September 23, 2016 at 12:01 AM