The four options for a future juvenile detention facility in Deschutes County range in cost from $400,000 to more than $9 million.
The juvenile detention facility on Britta Street is expected to be repurposed to house adult jail inmates by July, and the county is weighing what to do with juvenile offenders.
The Public Safety Coordinating Council will meet at 3:30 p.m. today and will hear a presentation from Community Justice Director Ken Hales on projected juvenile detention needs in the coming years.
According to a presentation put together by Chinn Planning, the juvenile detention facility on average housed about 10 kids each month in 2012, down from about 21 each month in 2007. The presentation forecasts that in the next five to 10 years, a juvenile facility housing both Deschutes County and out-of-county kids would need between 20 and 24 beds. If the facility were to house only youths from Deschutes County, it would need 16 to 18 beds.
The presentation provides four possibilities for housing juveniles.
The first option would involve renovating the county’s old juvenile detention facility on Northwest Harriman Street. That would allow the facility to house 10 juveniles, and would cost about $1.8 million over the two phases.
A second option would involve renovating an unused staff area at the current juvenile justice complex. That would create a six-bed capacity, and would cost an expected $870,000.
A third option would require renovating the Deschutes County Sheriff’s work release facility to provide a 10-bed facility. That renovation would cost an expected $755,000.
And the final option would be to build a new 24-person juvenile detention facility, which could eventually be expanded to offer housing for up to 36 kids. Building the new facility would cost between $9 million and $9.6 million.
In September, Deschutes County commissioners set a July 1 deadline to reduce overcrowding at the adult jail. Deschutes County Sheriff Larry Blanton has in the past described the 228-bed facility off Jamison Street on the north end of Bend as running at “110 percent capacity,” and the county has rented jail beds in Jefferson County to deal with the overrun of inmates.
Blanton originally proposed a $10 million expansion of the existing adult jail, which would have added 144 beds. But commissioners rejected that expansion in September.