There are two reasons county officials are not looking at that option, said both County Administrator Craig Weinaug and Juvenile Detention Director Pam Weigand. No. 1 is that operating two centers would be too costly and inefficient. Two entire staffs would be required to operate two facilities, when a few could be added to expand the current juvenile facility.
No. 2 is that there are different requirements for adult and juvenile detention. The adult jail would not meet the state standards for juvenile facilities. Weigand said she doesn't think that even with major renovations the current adult jail would be able to be transformed into a licensable juvenile facility.