‘Not in the best condition': Tennessee looks to replace youth detention center

By , Daily Memphian Updated: March 20, 2023 4:25 PM CT | Published: March 13, 2023 4:00 AM CT

As part of our “Minor Offenders, Major Offenses” series, The Daily Memphian takes a look at Tennessee’s only state-run, hardware-secure juvenile detention facility currently in use. Wilder Youth Development Center opened in 1971, and various officials say it needs to either be replaced or expanded. 


Wilder Youth Development Center Subscriber Only Torrey Harris Gov. Bill Lee

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Ian Round is The Daily Memphian’s state government reporter based in Nashville. He came to Tennessee from Maryland, where he reported on local politics for Baltimore Brew. He earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of Maryland in December 2019.


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