Council Committee Approves $ 3M Funding for Youth Transfer Processing Center
When Louisville teenagers are detained, there is no longer city-run facility for police to take them, but a proposed new center would change that.
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On Monday evening, the Metro Council Budget Committee approved $ 3 million over three years for what the city’s youth transition services department calls a “youth transfer processing center,” where children in detention can. wait – under surveillance – until a judge determines the next steps.
This is part of the more than $ 42 million in public safety funding included in the second round of ARP funds. The entire metropolitan council will vote on the proposal on Thursday.
For months, the surveillance was the responsibility of the police, keeping them away from the patrol for hours. The offenders are taken to the nearest juvenile detention center.
All of this comes as downtown Louisville facilities have closed. in 2020 budget cuts.
Right now, the closest alternative is the Louisville Day Treatment Center on La Grange Road, 20 minutes from downtown. It is state-run, with 16 beds available.
All the rest are outside of Jefferson County, potentially far from the families of the miners.
This is the city’s alternative, with the aim of hiring five sworn officers to do the job instead of the police, which will set them free.
Some, like retired juvenile court judge David Holton, believe it is very necessary. He believes this will allow more police officers to focus on patrolling and tackle the growing problems of youth violence and shootings.
“This problem was created by the mayor and the subway council, and the mayor and the subway council need to fix this problem,” Holton said. “Rather than letting the officers sit with the kids for four or six hours, there has to be a place to take them as before.”
Others, like Terry Brooks, fear that this may make intervention efforts an afterthought. He thinks it is risky to create another detention center.
“Easy solutions don’t solve complex problems,” said Brooks, executive director of Kentucky Youth Advocates.
He suggests that reformist justice and youth development centers are better long-term solutions.
“Get to the core of ‘What’s going on with you?’ How can we get you on the right track? What about professional or technical support for schools, ”Brooks said.