The Department of Juvenile justice will open a new, 60-bed Regional Youth Detention Center in Rockdale behind the Rockdale County jail which could open by 2011, according to a DJJ spokesperson. This would save local agencies time normally spent shuttling juveniles to other facilities around the state, said Chief Deputy Rob Cordero at a Conyers-Rockdale Chamber of Commerce Leadership Breakfast.
The DJJ would need to do about $9 million of renovation to the facility, which was formerly occupied by one of the state’s Department of Probations. The facility would primarily serve youth from Rockdale and Newton counties, who are currently served by RYDCs in surrounding counties. There are no RYDCs in the immediate metro-Atlanta area according to the spokesperson.