Volusia approves funding for a new center to fight juvenile delinquency

DAYTONA BEACH, Florida. -Volusia County Council has approved funding for a new facility that the sheriff’s office says would provide a multi-faceted approach to youth crime.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve $5.4 million in federal funding from the American Rescue Plan to build a new juvenile assessment center in Daytona Beach.

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The sheriff’s office, however, says this is not a typical juvenile detention center.

The facility will house a number of resources under one roof with a family resource center intended to assess each minor brought to the center for the underlying causes of their criminal activity, including social services, health care and behavioral services.

“We are putting together a unified front to ensure there are consequences for criminal behavior and resources for (children) and families who need them,” Sheriff Mike Chitwood said in a statement from the office. of the sheriff. “Congratulations to Volusia County Council and administration for having the vision to bring the funding to the table.”

The goal of the new facility is to try and steer children away from crime before they end up committing an offense that lands them in adult prison.

The approved funding will cover the cost of building modifications for the program, plus four years of operation of the sheriff’s office.

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Other project partners include SMA Healthcare, Halifax Behavioral Services, Children’s Home Society of Florida and Volusia County Schools.

The sheriff’s office says the facility is needed amid several high-profile and serious criminal cases in Volusia County involving minors.

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