Cost-reducing bill would close Kearney, Geneva juvenile detention centers

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Posted: Wednesday, January 23, 2013 12:00 am

LINCOLN — Nebraska lawmakers will consider closing juvenile detention centers in Kearney and Geneva after legislation was introduced Wednesday proposing comprehensive reform of how the state deals with young offenders.

Omaha Sen. Brad Ashford, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, called the centers outdated and ineffective during a news conference at the State Capitol. He and three other senators said they would rather invest in community-based programs for abused, neglected and mentally ill youth, which they say will better reduce violence and save tax dollars.

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