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New Scott County Juvenile Detention Center

Scott County's current juvenile detention facility in dowtown Davenport
Scott County
Scott County's current juvenile detention facility in dowtown Davenport

After years of discussion and planning, construction could start later this year on a new juvenile detention facility for Scott County. Design work has been completed, and the project went out for bids earlier this month.

Supervisors will hold a public hearing on Thursday.

Jeremy Kaiser, Director of the county's Juvenile Detention and Diversion Programs, says the current center in downtown Davenport is more than 50 years old.

"All of its systems are near or at the end of their life cycle. I mean the building was never truly built to be a juvenile detention center it was actually built to be a used car dealership."

The current center is licensed for 18 beds, but Kaiser considers it full at 14, then juveniles have to be sent to other detention centers, anywhere from one to three hours away.

"It's never ideal to send youth away from home to other communities and take them away from their families, from their schools, and from their legal representation."

Bids are due by September first for the 40-bed center, and the estimated cost is 24 million dollars. The site is on North Tremont Street in Davenport, where the sheriff's department patrol center was once located.

In addition, Kaiser says the new facility will be more than just for detention - it'll host that, but also other programs so the new name is the Scott County Youth Justice and Rehabilitation Center.

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.