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Regional youth juvenile justice facility opens

The new juvenile justice youth facility in Terrell Co. is now open. (Source: WALB) The new juvenile justice youth facility in Terrell Co. is now open. (Source: WALB)
State and community leaders cut the ribbon on Tuesday. (Source: WALB) State and community leaders cut the ribbon on Tuesday. (Source: WALB)
Avery Niles is the Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner. (Source: WALB) Avery Niles is the Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner. (Source: WALB)
TERRELL CO., GA (WALB) -

The long-anticipated wait for the new juvenile justice system is now over. 

The ribbon was cut and community members got a look into the new juvenile justice youth facility in Terrell County Tuesday. 

The new facility replaced the old Department Of Corrections adult probation facility. 

It can house up to 56 people.

The Department of Juvenile Justice Commissioner Avery Niles said he can't do anything about how the kids got into the facility, but he wants to make sure when they leave they are transformed.  

"Our kids deserve more. Georgia's kids deserve to be rehabilitated, provided with all the services that they can have and we are here as a state entity to furnish everything to make those kids successful and provide them with opportunities of hope," said Niles. 

He wants to make sure those in the facility are as educated as possible. 

On Tuesday, the media center was named after retired educator Dr. Audrey Armistad. 

She who worked for 32 long years to educate at-risk students. 

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