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Jobs coming with new center being built to detain Georgia’s youth offenders

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is building a new Regional Youth Detention Center in Laurens County.
The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice is building a new Regional Youth Detention Center in Laurens County. Telegraph file photo

A new Regional Youth Detention Center is going up in Laurens County.

The Georgia Department of Juvenile Justice announced Friday its plans for a groundbreaking Tuesday at the old Department of Corrections Detention Center in Cadwell.

Once the Cadwell Regional Youth Detention Center opens on 2839 Railroad Ave. in late 2018, jobs will be available for corrections officers, teachers, nurses and food service workers.

The exact number of employment opportunities was not immediately known, said Scott Mall, the department’s director of communications.

The Cadwell center will replace the smaller, aging Eastman RYDC, Mall said.

“Current employees in good standing will be offered the opportunity to transfer,” Mall said in an email.

Additional workers are expected to be hired to staff the larger facility.

Work will soon begin on the 23,000-square-foot dormitory to temporarily house up to 48 males and eight female offenders awaiting placement as their cases are processed.

The facility will include 9,300 square feet for educational and vocational classrooms and a 7,700-square-foot gymnasium, according to a release.

DJJ Commissioner Avery Niles said in the statement: “Caldwell will provide better outcomes for the youth who will reside there.”

Liz Fabian: 478-744-4303, @liz_lines

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