Legislature approves detention center

NEWBURY—The Vermont Legislature’s Joint Fiscal Committee has approved a plan for the Becket Family of Services to operate a new state juvenile detention center in Newbury. The six-bed, residential treatment program for youth involved in the state criminal justice system would undergo a $3.1 million renovation to transform the former bed and breakfast into a secure facility.
The committee voted unanimously on Nov. 20 to approve the plan, as previously recommended by the Joint Legislative Justice Oversight Committee and the Joint Legislative Child Protection Oversight Committee. The Becket-run site would replace the Woodside Juvenile Rehabilitation Center in Essex, which closed in October