Windsor officials don’t like the idea of a temporary youth center
WINDSOR, Vermont (AP) — A bill in the Vermont Legislature would use part of the closed Southeast State Correctional Facility to temporarily house at-risk youth after the only detention center closes. for state youth.
The former prison has been inactive for several years, but the latest proposal does not sit well with local officials, WCAX-TV reported.
Windsor City Manager Tom Marsh said a temporary youth detention center is a no-start because two-thirds of city residents oppose the idea.
“We don’t want corrections or social services. We have demonstrated it. We met with state agencies. And now the first thing out of the box is a use of corrections,” Marsh said.
State officials have previously proposed a six-bed juvenile facility in Newbury to replace the closed Woodside facility in Essex, but that plan was unanimously rejected by Newbury town officials.
The Old Windsor Jail is another short-term option while the state appeals the decision in Newbury.
Rep. Alice Emmons, D-Springfield, said a temporary detention center would be under the Department of Children and Family Services, not the Department of Corrections.
Emmons, who chairs the House Corrections and Institutions Committee, said the state pays $250,000 each year to maintain the closed facility.
State officials say the next step is to determine which buildings can remain and which must be demolished. Any future development cannot go forward without knowing this first.