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TN Youth Detention Population Plummets During Pandemic

Tennessee juvenile courts say the number of arrests of young people has dropped since the Coronavirus pandemic began – and this mirrors a national trend, according to a new analysis by the Annie E. Casey Foundation.
The review of juvenile justice agencies in 30 states showed the number of kids in local youth detention centers dipped by 24% in March alone.

Tennessee has 98 juvenile courts and 25 juvenile detention centers statewide, housing more than 1,000 young people. The Casey Foundation report also found that by mid-April, 15% of juvenile court jurisdictions nationwide had confirmed cases of COVID-19 in their detention facilities, with more positive cases among staff than youths.

Photo: Juvenile court officials say school closures due to the coronavirus pandemic have contributed to the nationwide drop in youth arrests and detention. (Adobe Stock)

Lucky Knott

Lucky Knott

One of Southern Tennessee's most experienced and recognized news broadcasters and play-by-play sportscasters. Current news director for On Target News and manager of Rooster 101.5 FM. Knott can be heard on 93.9 The Duck, The Rooster 101.5 and Whiskey Country 105.1 and 95.9. He is currently the play by play voice of the Coffee County Red Raiders on The Rooster 101.5. Lucky has done play-by-play for 3,500 sports events on Radio & TV. He also served 4 years as the Public Information Officer for the Coffee Co. Sheriff's Dept. and taught Radio/TV for 6 years at Grundy County High School.

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