Laramie County weighs new juvenile detention center

Cheyenne, Wyo. – Laramie County officials are considering building a new juvenile detention center.

The county's Juvenile Services Joint Powers Board voted this week to recommend building the new center and Laramie County commissioners are expected to vote on the plan April 6.

Officials say the 24-bed facility could be built for $7.5 million at the Archer Complex. Commissioners have approval from the governor's office to use $4.5 million in federal stimulus funds for the project and the rest of the cost could be covered with county bonds.

The county has been using the Jeffrey C. Wardle Academy to detain juveniles since 2001.