Pennsylvania Juvenile Detention Center Set to Close

A western Pennsylvania county plans to close its juvenile detention center by June 30.

The Cambria County commissioners say they'll vote April 14 to close the center based in Ebensburg.

Officials say the population of the center is dwindling, even as the cost to run it increased. By closing the center, 24 full-time jobs and three per diem positions will be cut. That should save the county up to $950,000 a year.

The commissioners say more juvenile offenders are being sent to treatment centers and other facilities.

The detention center provides a temporary maximum security place for juveniles accused or convicted of crimes. The center was built in 1964. An emergency shelter for at-risk youth was added in 1993. The county is working on a plan to keep shelter beds available.

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