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Part school, part barracks, all for a purpose

February 7, 2013 - Rob Weaver
If you weren't able to tour the new Seneca County Youth Center on Thursday, let me assure you the 13,328-square-foot, $3.1 million facility is no hotel. One look at the photo of a detention room Zach Gase took which was posted on our home page will convince you of that.

Walls are made of cinder block. Much of the flooring is polished concrete.

But despite the spartan living quarters, the new facility is figuratively miles away from the Soviet-era gulag appearance of the old youth center around the corner. The overall feel is more akin to a school than a lockup, with a surprising amount of natural light and glimpses of the outside world for a detention facility.

Of course, some of the windows provide views or the nearly county jail and community-based correctional facility. Appropriate incentive for youths detained there to get their act together.

The structure appears solid and purpose-built because it is. There is a no-nonsense atmosphere that manages also to impart a positive, nurturing feel.

In short, it's a decent place to detain juveniles. And one that is better equipped to keep them from ever having to return.


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