Saline County juvenile center might close permanently

Saline County Juvenile Detention Facility

SALINA, Kansas (AP) – Saline County commissioners say the county’s juvenile detention center will be closed through the end of the year, and might close permanently.

Saline County Sheriff Glen Kochanowski shut down the center on Monday, but said he hoped to reopen it by July.

But on Tuesday, the commissioners said closing the center will save the county money, although they were still studying how much the savings would be.

When he closed the center, Kochanowski said it was unsafe because of a staff shortage and overcrowding. The juveniles are being taken to a center in Junction City, at a cost of $150 a day per inmate.

The Salina Journal reports  commissioners will discuss the juvenile center’s future during its 2014 budget study sessions.

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