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Juvenile Jail Could Re-Open at Batesville

SEPTEMBER 10, 2004 - Posted at 7:33 a.m. CDT


BATESVILLE, AR - A juvenile detention center in Batesville is expected to re-open under a new operating agreement. 

Plans call for the White River Regional Juvenile Detention Center to re-open on September 20 for a six-month trial run.  Eight county judges have tentatively agreed on the re-opening.  The counties will pay Independence County to operate the lock-up, instead of a private company that had operated the jail previously. 

Since the juvenile jail closed this summer, counties have sent young offenders to other detention centers in Jonesboro, Conway and Danville.  The 30-bed, 9-thousand square-foot detention center, built by Independence County in 1997 at a cost of $1 million, held offenders between the ages of 10 and 17.

Under the new agreement, the county will house juveniles from Cleburne, Fulton, Independence, Izard, Jackson, Sharp, Stone and Woodruff counties.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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