Tasha Golden, founding father of Mission Uncaged, an arts-based trauma-informed program that goals to amplify younger girls’s tales from inside Louisville Metro Youth Detention Providers.
Nikki Boliaux, Louisville Courier Journal

Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer lately introduced that the Jefferson County Youth Detention Middle will shut on Jan. 1. Kentucky’s Division of Juvenile Justice will soak up the younger individuals detained on the heart or concerned within the court docket system.

The closure of the youth detention heart presents a chance for Jefferson County to reform its juvenile justice system. Nonetheless, the juvenile justice division and Jefferson County established a tentative agreement this week that imperils the way forward for Louisville’s youth. Beneath the settlement, Louisville will ship detained youth to detention facilities all through the state. This may separate detained youth from their households, threaten their constitutional proper to due course of, additional disrupt their educations and create a logistical nightmare for court docket officers.

First, the settlement will ship Louisville’s detained youth to 3 detention facilities all through the state. The closest of those is 106 miles away; the farthest is 189 miles away. Incarceration tears at younger individuals’s connections to their households and communities. Households shall be compelled to journey as much as six hours and 378 miles round-trip. Many will doubtless be unable to safe a whole day away from work or to afford transportation prices. This undue burden will exacerbate already strained relationships and additional erode any ties detained youth must their prolonged group.

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