OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) – The average daily population at the Douglas County Youth Center stood at 73 last year. Ten years ago, that number was 129.
In the last decade, a number of groups have been working to reduce the number of young people detained at the youth center. But there’s a growing concern about those who got into serious trouble, were not detained, then repeatedly broke probation and court rules, ending up with misdemeanor warrants.
Who’s looking for them? That question was raised last week during an exclusive 6 News interview.
Omaha Police Sgt. Aaron Hanson, who is considering a run for Douglas County Sheriff, believes recent examples of 16-year-olds who had been running from the law for months, only later to be accused of murder, is a reason for innovative ideas.