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Tippecanoe County seeing decrease in number of juveniles arrested

Tippecanoe County is seeing a significant decrease in the number of juveniles being arrested.

Youth Services executive director Rebecca Humphrey says 1,031 youth were arrested in 2010, compared to 883 in 2013.

That’s a 14.4% drop.

And Humphrey says 51% fewer juveniles are being held in secure detention, which saves the county money.

The data is being compiled as part of the Juvenile Detention Alternative Initiative which the county has been a part of since 2008.

Humphrey says the goal of the effort is to reduce the number of young people in secure detention while still keeping the community safe.