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Juvenile detention center in New Mexico to close in December

November 22, 2019 GMT

ROSWELL, N.M. (AP) — County officials in New Mexico have voted to close the Chaves County Juvenile Detention Center after making transfer agreements with nearby counties.

The Roswell Daily Record reported Thursday that Chaves County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Thursday to close the detention center Dec. 29.

County officials say they signed an agreement with Curry County Nov. 5 to allow the transfer of youth offenders saving more than $1 million a year.

Officials say Chaves County would still have about $219,000 in expenses to juvenile detentions since they still would pay facilities by day to hold their county youth.

Those who opposed the closure have raised concerns about separating youth from their communities and not providing them the same services.

Officials say juvenile facilities have closed from changing attitudes about detaining youth.

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Information from: Roswell Daily Record, http://www.roswell-record.com