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Ashland County Juvenile Detention Center Closing

Story By: Greg Heindel



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  Original Published: 6/21/2013

Ashland County's 40-year-old Juvenile Detention Center in closing, probably on July first.

Juvenile Court Judge Damian Vercillo says the 83-year-old building would be too expensive to renovate and continue operating. 

And he says it's too costly to staff around-the-clock for the small number of teens who can be housed there.

The facility can hold ten juveniles, but tries to keep the number at seven to avoid having two teens in the same cell for safety reasons.

Vercillo plans to house juvenile offenders in the Richland and Erie County Detention Centers, at a much lower cost.

The twelve full-time employees, including the director for fourteen years, are losing their jobs.

Judge Vercillo says they will be paid for unused vacation time, but will not receive severance pay.

Some could be absorbed into other court positions, and all will be recommended to other detention centers. 

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