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County officials look for overcrowding solution

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JACKSON, Tenn. (AP) - Madison County officials are trying to find a solution to overcrowding at their juvenile detention center.

One suggestion is to construct a new facility that could cost at least $10 million, but it would also include new courtrooms and offices.

Juvenile Court Judge Christy Little told The Jackson Sun ( the new facility should have 32 to 40 beds. The current center has seven beds and one cot.

When the center is full, Little has to send children to Murfreesboro or Columbia, where there is plenty of room. This costs the county thousands of dollars, and Little believes it will continue costing the county more because there is limited space at the detention center.

However, some county officials say the just don't have the millions of dollars needed for the construction.

Information from: The Jackson Sun,

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