- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

CLEVELAND (AP) - Officials say all youths arrested by Cleveland police will eventually be booked at the county juvenile justice center instead of the city’s downtown jail.

The officials said at a news conference on Wednesday that it will reduce the amount of time officers spend driving juveniles around the city and will keep youths from coming in contact with adult offenders at the city jail.

The longstanding policy in Cleveland has been for officers to take youths to police districts, driving them downtown for booking and then to the Cuyahoga (ky-uh-HOH’-guh) County Juvenile Justice Center. They’ll now go from police districts directly to the juvenile center.

The change will affect about 1,100 Cleveland juveniles arrested each year. The policy will be phased in over the next few months.

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