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N.H. Among States Grappling With Closing Youth Detention Centers

N.H. State House dome.
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As states from California to Maine consider drastic changes to youth detention centers, New Hampshire is grappling with its own facility that has been rocked by abuse allegations from years past.

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The state's Legislature will vote Thursday on a proposed state budget that would close the sprawling facility — housing fewer than 20 children on a campus built for 144 — by March 2023 and replace it with a new 18-bed center.

Other states are moving in a similar direction, and President Joe Biden's proposed budget includes $100 million to support efforts to close detention facilities and invest in community alternatives to support youth.

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