Budget constraints could force local juvenile detention center to close

LEWISTON, ID - Nez Perce County Commissioners held a special meeting Monday morning with the Idaho Department of Juvenile Corrections to discuss the prospect of the Region 2 Detention Center.

Further discussion was then carried over in a special session with Lewis, Clearwater, Latah and Idaho County commissioners and the local juvenile detention advisory board.

Nez Perce County Commissioner Mike Grow said at this point no decision has been made but there's a possibility the local detention center will be shut down and juveniles will be transported to Martin Hall Juvenile Detention Facility in Medical Lake, outside of Spokane.

"We're just trying to figure out what's fair and if we can make it work and you know, how much are we willing to lose," said Grow. "That's what we're trying to figure out right now with the budget going on and everything."

Grow said the future of the Region 2 Detention Center has been a topic of discussion for the past three years. He said currently the county pays up to $600,000 annually to maintain operations.

The county is now talking about making cuts to the current budget and is looking into offers made by other counties to keep the center open. The next juvenile detention advisory board meeting will be held on October 25th.