FLORENCE, Ariz. (AP) - The halls of the Pinal County Juvenile Detention Center were quiet and empty during a recent visit.
That's partly because the county in southern Arizona has transformed the way it deals with juveniles, starting with how it decides whether to detain a juvenile through a prescreening process aimed at determining whether the teen is a threat to the community.
The Casa Grande Dispatch reported (http://bit.ly/2tvDDHg ) last week that the center has released a few more juveniles than it has detained over the last fiscal year. Data shows that the center prescreened and released 359 juveniles in 2016. It detained 331.
Joe Kelroy with Arizona's Administrative Office of Courts says eight Arizona counties are following juvenile detention alternative initiative models. The goal for all 15 counties to get on board.