BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - For the first time in nearly two decades, the Harrison County Youth Court is opening a new set of doors.
"For the first time in many, many years, services and children in detention will be on the same campus. And our children in detention will be the kids that need it the most," said Harrison County Youth Court Judge Margaret Alfonso.
The new youth courthouse is located right next to the Harrison County Juvenile Detention Center, a move that will save hundreds of thousands of dollars.
"It is a substantial savings because every time a female detainee was brought from Biloxi to Gulfport, that required two female transport officers. And the same for males," said Judge Alfonso.
"We're very excited to be here in Biloxi, right next to our detention facility where we can provide services for our children," said Court Administrator Cindy Alexander.
"I know the judge is extremely excited. It's a vision that she's had for a long time, and we're just excited to have that working relationship like I've seen where the detention center is so much closer to the youth court facility itself," said Detentions Director Rick Smith.
"We hope that we can provide services so they don't rotate in and out of the detention facility. It's the revolving door that we're trying to stop," Alfonso continued.
The youth court's new mailing address is P.O. Box 134, Biloxi, MS 39533. The new phone number is 228-435-3201.