ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Dougherty County Prosecutors and Juvenile Court officials say state legislators are considering shutting down all Regional Youth Detention Centers.
They say that would increase juvenile crime. The state now limits stays at the YDC's for most offenders to only 30 days.
Juvenile Court officials says the recidivism rate in the court right now is the highest ever-- More than 75%.
Gang Task Force Officials worry what would happen if there were no place to lock up any young criminals.
"Gang situations getting down to elementary school and middle school, before they even get to high school. So a lot of our young folks are being influenced by this negative activity and we are trying to curtail that before we have some full scale gang problems here in Dougherty County," said Dougherty Co. Juvenile Court Sr. Intake Officer Hochi Lumpkin.
Gang Task Force members say they're seeing children as young as ten involved in gang crimes. Prosecutors and Juvenile Court officials encourage you to contact state legislators to push for more facilities to lock up young criminals.