Question of new or renovated juvenile detention center could renew debate over size

By , Daily Memphian Updated: January 17, 2020 4:05 AM CT | Published: January 17, 2020 4:05 AM CT
<strong>The Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center is housed in the county's Juvenile Court building. County Sheriff Floyd Bonner and county Mayor Lee Harris are discussing a possible renovation of the now-empty Shelby Detention Center at 3420 Old Getwell Road in southeast Memphis instead of previous plans to build a new detention center.</strong> (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

The Shelby County Juvenile Detention Center is housed in the county's Juvenile Court building. County Sheriff Floyd Bonner and county Mayor Lee Harris are discussing a possible renovation of the now-empty Shelby Detention Center at 3420 Old Getwell Road in southeast Memphis instead of previous plans to build a new detention center. (Jim Weber/Daily Memphian file)

Just City executive director Josh Spickler said on the WKNO program “Behind The Headlines” that Juvenile Court needs more resources for children in detention. But he said the question of which children and how many wind up in detention or tried as adults should take priority over the details of the bricks and mortar.

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