KENAI (AP) -- State and local officials broke ground last week for a new $5 million Kenai Peninsula Youth Detention Facility.
The ceremony took place on a 10-acre lot on Marathon Road in Kenai.
The facility will house 10 juveniles. Currently, young offenders arrested on the Kenai Peninsula are housed temporarily in local police stations before they are sent to the McLaughlin Youth Center in Anchorage.
Jay Livey, commissioner of the state Department of Health and Social Services, said juveniles housed closer to home generally do better than those sent away from their communities.
The new center will mean local police will not have to spend as much time transporting juveniles to Anchorage.
The center is expected to be completed next February.
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