With fewer kids being held, Colorado will close 2 juvenile detention facilities

Colorado is closing two youth detention centers after the number of kids being sent to such locked facilities dropped to levels not seen since 1998.

The closures come as the total number of youths in the detention system dropped 32 percent, from 1,480 to 1,000, since 2006.

“That’s a pretty dramatic shift in youth corrections,” said John Gomez, state youth corrections director. “It is good news. There are fewer kids going to detention.”

The reduction in Colorado juvenile detentions follows a national trend, Gomez said. (Denver Post)