The new Jasper County Juvenile Center is officially open for business


Jasper County judges, County Commissioners as well as members of the Joplin Area Chamber of Commerce cut the ribbon on the new facility on Friday.

Construction on the eight and a half million dollar project started in the fall of 2017. The center is designed to hold an average of eight juveniles at any time. It’s equipped with a state of the art security system, safety features, class rooms and even a recreation room.

Darieus Adams is the Western District Jasper County Commissioners and says, “There’s just no comparison, we were operating out of basically a house before and to have the facility we have now that was actually built for the purpose of being a juvenile justice center it’s just night and day as far as the difference”

The money to construct the more than 33,000 square foot facility came from the passage of a dedicated sales tax the county started collecting in 2016. A measure to extend the life of that sales tax will go before voters on April 2nd. If passed, the tax will fund the construction of a new jasper county courthouse in Joplin, renovations to the courthouse in Carthage, and the expansion of the Jasper County Jail.

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