TULSA — County officials have been talking about building a new juvenile justice facility for so long, it’s easy to forget why.
So Friday, after the groundbreaking ceremony for the Tulsa County Family Center for Juvenile Justice, Alondo Edwards explained the need with one simple anecdote.
“Because of the age of our (existing) building and its current state, we frequently experience blackouts where we lose power,” Edwards said. “That results in kids having to do court in the dark.”
Edwards, superintendent of detention at the Tulsa County Juvenile Bureau, went on to say that candles are lit when the lights go out, so the young people aren’t left completely in the dark. But his point was this — the Juvenile Bureau’s time has passed.