Kodiak officials looking for place to house juvenile offenders

Posted: Wednesday, January 24, 2001

KODIAK (AP) -- State, city and corrections officials are trying to find new temporary housing in Kodiak for juvenile offenders.

For the past 10 years, juvenile offenders have been kept in one of two holding cells at the Coast Guard Administration Building. But a year ago the Coast Guard requested that another building be found off the base by Dec. 31.

Val Miller, Kodiak's juvenile probation officer with the State Division of Juvenile Justice, said finding another facility has not been easy. She said there's been numerous task force meetings on the problem.

Kodiak Police Chief T.C. Kamai and Kodiak City Manager Linda Freed have been helping her explore local options, she said.

Juveniles generally are detained while they await hearings, or until they can be flown to the McLaughlin Youth Detention Facility in Anchorage. Last year, 13 juvenile offenders were detained in Kodiak, down from 18 the year before.

Youth offenders once were housed at the Kodiak Jail with adult prisoners, but have been held at separate locations for the past 10 years due to a federal requirement that adults and juveniles be segregated.

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