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Juvenile center looking for financial options

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PASCO, Wash. -- County commissioners from Benton and Franklin counties listened today, but didn't grant any money to the juvenile detention center.

The Benton County facility needs nearly 200 thousand dollars to keep kids locked up, otherwise many will be released early.

 In the end, commissioners took no immediate action on funding. Instead, they recommended a process to find funding solutions.

"We're in bad economic times right now. The state's drawing their money back, the federal governments drawing their money back," explained Benton County Commissioner Jim Beaver.

"If they determine that funding is available for detention that they also keep in mind that if we increase the beds that we still need to use them effectively," said Juvenile center administrator  Sharon Paradis.

Some options considered for Paradis include talking with county prosecutors and judges over sentencing and both county administrators will work together to find funding.