KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) - Jackson County judges say budget concerns will force them to close McCune Residential Center for boys by the end of the year.
Court officials said Tuesday that closing the 103-year-old center in Independence will save about $2 million a year.
Boys found guilty in Family Court of juvenile offenses receive school classes, substance abuse and mental health treatment and other programs at McCune.
The 20 boys at the center will be placed at other centers if they haven't finished with their programs by the time it closes. Starting Wednesday, Jackson County boys needing detention will be sent to state facilities.
The Kansas City Star reports the need for such centers has been declining. In 2006, 147 boys were placed at McCune. Last year, the courts placed 40 boys there.