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New youth detention center planned for Terrell Co.

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DAWSON, GA (WALB) -

State Representative Gerald Greene (R-Cuthbert) said Monday that the state has allocated $12.27 million for a Regional youth detention center in Terrell County. 

This money will be used to house young offenders in a facility that was built to house adult offenders, but has sat idle for a few years.

The current RYDC in Albany, built in 1967, will close when the new center opens.

House Bill 744, the FY15 budget, was passed by both the House and Senate on March 18, 2014, sending it to Governor Deal's desk for his signature.

"I would like to express my gratitude to the Southwest Georgia Legislative Delegation, the Members of the Appropriations Committee, Governor Deal, and the State Department of Juvenile Justice for working on this project and including this funding in the state budget," said Rep. Greene. "Public safety of the citizens of Terrell County is always a top priority and this new facility will ensure that we continue to look after the best interest of our youth."

The former Department of Corrections facility will be converted to handle medical and intake, administration spaces, dining, vocational, educational and programming requirements for boys and girls. Regional Youth Detention Centers provide temporary, secure care and supervision to youth who have been charged with offenses and are awaiting placement.

Youth who have been committed to the custody of the Department of Juvenile Justice are sometimes placed in a Regional Youth Detention Center while awaiting treatment in a community program or a long-term facility.

Terrell County officials are excited for the change.

"The state has a very nice facility and it was used for a very short time and I think they are going to have to do a lot of changes because its going to be used for a different types of prisoners but it's a mighty good prison system and its good that were gonna get the funding to open it up and operate it," says Terrell County Chairman Wilbur Gamble.

Representative Gerald Greene represents the citizens of District 151, which includes Calhoun, Clay, Early, Quitman, Randolph, Stewart, Terrell, and Webster counties, as well as portions of Dougherty County.

He was elected into the House of Representatives in 1982, and serves as Vice Chairman of the Economic Development & Tourism Committee, Appropriations Subcommittee on Public Safety, and the Secretary of the State Properties Committee.  He also serves on the Public Safety and Homeland Security, Retirement, and Rules committees.

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