NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (WAVY) — A new group is joining the fight against a proposed juvenile detention center in Isle of Wight County, saying they are concerned the project isn’t “closer” to their backyard.
At a meeting hosted by the Newport News Commonwealth Attorney’s Office Wednesday evening, RISE for Youth, a Richmond-based coalition that works to find alternatives to youth incarceration, laid out their concerns with the Virginia Department of Juvenile Justice’s 60-bed facility planned for 20-acres southwest of Windsor.
“That’s not, not a good model,” said Valerie Slater, RISE for Youth’s Executive Director. “The young people that are in the system right now? 40 percent of them come from Hampton Roads. And they are coming from Norfolk, Newport News and Hampton.”