Created: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 05:18:00 EST
Updated: Mon, 04 Aug 2014 09:33:31 EST
With a pair of extra large scissors, Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke cut the ribbon on the new juvenile justice center. Chief Juvenile judge Thomas Matthews says there were two primary goals for the new facility. Getting more room to work with was one.
Judge Quintress Gilbert says the old building had plenty of problems.
"Courtrooms were very small, files along the hallways which created a hazard a fire hazard, no hot water in the facility at all," says Gilbert.
The second goal was putting all the county's juvenile justice services in one building.
"All of the agencies that we dealt with were somewhere so if you needed a child to be dealt with in another agency it was doubtful that child would get there," Matthews says.
"I think its hugely important because it allows everyone to work together as a team to do what they can to keep young people from committing crime," says Bibb County District Attorney David Cooke.