The privately-run Paulding Regional Youth Detention Center will be closing on Dec. 31, putting 68 people out of work and forcing sheriff's who use the center to go to RYDCs in Floyd or Clayton Counties instead, according to the AJC.
Paulding DJJ assistant commissioner Mark Sexton told the AJC that the move is totally based on economics, saving the department about $3 million the rest of this budget year and $6 million in the next year.
Paulding also had the highest rate of staff-on-youth sexual
victimization (31 percent). About 7.1 percent of respondents said the
staff sexual misconduct was the result of force or other forms of
There are presently 45 teenage boys being held in the 100-bed facility, according to the AJC, some of whom have been arrested in Paulding, Carroll, Cherokee, Coweta, Douglas, Haralson and Heard counties and have not yet had their cases adjudicated.