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Forrest County to re-evaluate juvenile detention process

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HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Forrest County will now be looking at changing up the way the county handles it's youth court and juvenile detention process.

The board of supervisors approved a measure Monday morning to seek a grant which would re-evaluate how juvenile cases are handled.

County youth court judge Mike McPhail told the board the grant would help better determine which juveniles pose a risk to the public and which ones would be better suited for electronic monitoring. The goal is to use less secure detention.

"It may or may not work, we'll just have to see, but it's something we need to look at in terms of the federal regulations and state regulations on pre-adjudication and predisposition detention," said McPhail.

The grant money would help pay for any electronic monitoring used. By using less detention the county could save money.

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