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New Tuolumne County Juvenile Detention Facility

New Tuolumne County Juvenile Detention Facility 

The new Tuolumne County juvenile detention facility has been open for about a month now and, while it’s pretty slow around there, officials from nearby counties still like the concept. According to reports, the new 30-bed facility doesn’t have too many juveniles housed and is expected to cost the county about $1.5 million over the next year. The facility was built using state money and the plan was for the facility to be used by other counties that don’t have juvenile facilities, like Amador and Calaveras Counties, in fact both of those counties signed agreements in 2009 to send some youth there. Currently both Amador and Calaveras Counties send juveniles to facilities in ElDorado and Nevada Counties and Chief Probation Officers in both counties welcome the idea of having a new place to send the kids. Amador County Supervisors, on the advice of staff this week, however balked at signing an agreement to use that facility exclusively. They instead directed Chief Probation Officer Mark Bonini to work with staff to develop language for an agreement that would maximize the use of the Tuolumne facility but leave flexibility in case one in another county makes more sense in certain cases. 


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