Juvenile center receives beneficial marks from state

Juvenile center receives beneficial marks from state

MIDLAND COUNTY, TX (KWES) - The Barbara Culver Juvenile Justice Center's future has been on the minds of many in Midland County. Most recently, state officials gave their feedback on it.

"One of our goals is to make sure we're operating at the highest level according to standards," Forrest Hanna, Chief Probation Officer, Midland County.

The state came, saw, and made their decision. The Barbara Culver Juvenile Justice Center has met the standards for 2018.

"For the state to come in, visit, and auditing and say we are suitable, I think it holds a lot of weight," said Hanna.

Hanna could be seen combing through different compliance reports on the facility, employment, training, and oversight.

The center was found with a few issues of missed documentation regarding kids who needed to be watched, Hanna added his department is already trying to figure out how to improve.

"We can go back and see the officer was there but its real important you document it because in our world if it's not documented then it didn't happen," said Hanna.

Improvement starts with making sure all I's are dotted and T's crossed.

"We don't see it as something we're just trying to get through and get them out of here. It's a real opportunity for us to look at what we're doing and make sure we're using due diligence," said Hanna.

This year's compliance rating falls at an interesting time for the center.

Talks about its fate being discussed in the county. Its future is something Midland County Judge Mike Bradford says is discussed every year.

"We always study high-cost centers that the county operates so Culver is one of our highest cost centers so we're looking at it," said Bradford.

Opinions on the center will continue through budget meetings coming up soon, one opinion that will stick is the center is suitable to help kids who need it.

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