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Aug 31, 2015 5:31 PM

Lawmakers discuss Sununu Youth Services Center as teenage drug addiction facility

The Associated Press

CONCORD (AP) — Having ruled out the possibility of closure, lawmakers are studying ideas for expanding or repurposing part of the state's only secure juvenile detention center.

A legislative working group tasked with evaluating the future of the Sununu Youth Services Center meets Monday for the second time. Budget writers have been seeking to cut costs at the center as the number of youth offenders is declining. The center houses teenagers between the ages of 11 and 18 who have been committed by a court, but only about one third of the available 144 beds are occupied.

Lawmakers want to explore whether part of the center could be used to treat teenagers suffering from drug addiction or mental illness.


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