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State OKs reopening of Richmond juvenile center

Wednesday - 6/12/2013, 3:57pm  ET

RICHMOND, Va. - Richmond has received state approval to reopen its overhauled and restaffed juvenile detention center.

Media outlets report that the Virginia Board of Juvenile Justice on Wednesday granted the city a conditional six-month certification.

Ken Bailey with the Department of Juvenile Justice told the board that an April audit found no problems at the facility.

Another audit is scheduled for October.

Concerns about personnel issues, malfunctioning locks and cameras and allegations of misconduct prompted Mayor Dwight Jones to close the juvenile center in April 2012. The state board had placed the facility on probation twice since 2009.

Richmond interim director of justice services David Hicks says the city plans to begin moving 45 boys and girls back to the center on July 1. They're currently be held in other facilities.


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