- Associated Press - Tuesday, April 19, 2016

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - Advocates are urging Virginia lawmakers to reject Gov. Terry McAuliffe’s proposal to build a new juvenile correctional center.

Among several issues lawmakers will consider Wednesday is whether the state should build a 112-bed juvenile correctional center in Chesapeake to replace one of Virginia’s two existing facilities.

Public Safety and Homeland Security Secretary Brian Moran says the plan is just one part of the administration’s effort to move away from “large, old, prison-style facilities.”

The savings from closing the facility would go toward community-based alternatives to incarceration.

But Kate Duvall, an attorney with the Legal Aid Justice Center, says the state should take the time to come up with a better alternative. She says smaller facilities with no more than 30 beds would provide better outcomes for youth offenders.

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