The Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center closed Thursday, three days ahead of schedule, as part of a plan to reduce the number of residential facilities it operates for “court-involved” youth, according to a news release from the Arkansas Department of Human Services, Division of Youth Services.
The facility, which opened in 1999, includes seven buildings situated on approximately 90 acres and can house up to 32 youth. The state is exploring options to sell or lease the facility.
The state closed the Colt Juvenile Treatment Center in January. The closures are part of a larger and ongoing effort announced late last year by the Department of Human Services and Gov. Asa Hutchinson to improve the juvenile justice system so that it better serves youth and their families, according to the news release.
“Closing the Dermott Juvenile Treatment Center at the same time we work to invest more funding in our community programs and expand access to less restrictive settings shows our commitment to making meaningful reform in the juvenile justice system,” DYS Director Michael Crump said in the news release.
The state now operates five residential juvenile facilities.