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Published February 28, 2013, 04:55 PM

Minnesota juvenile detention numbers dropping

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Minnesota is seeing a drop in the number of juveniles sent to detention centers.

By: WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY Staff Reports, WDAY

Fargo, ND (WDAY TV) - Minnesota is seeing a drop in the number of juveniles sent to detention centers.

The plummeting rate is part of a national trend with Minnesota being one of five states with the sharpest decline. Numbers have been cut in half since 2001.

At Moorhead's West Central Regional Juvenile Center, staff is seeing similar results. The center houses kids from up to 10 counties and has secure rooms for 24 juveniles. They say alternative programs and treatment could get the credit.

Troy Amundsen, Secure Detention Supervisor: “I'm a big believer in prevention programs, so if you can get to a young person early in life, the chances of being able to help them make better decisions into adulthood, you would hope that that would make a change."

Amundsen says the center has not been in an overflow situation in quite some time.

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