Davidson County Juvenile Justice Center in Midst of Overhaul

The Nashville juvenile justice system is changing the way it treats children who commit crimes. The idea is to reduce delinquency and prevent crimes before they happen.

Officials with the Juvenile Justice Center said the changes are unprecedented and have never been attempted anywhere before. Changes include what the children wear behind bars and digging deeper to find the root of bad behavior.

“All of the research shows that when you criminalize children by putting them in orange jumpsuits that look like jail uniforms and just lock them up, it doesn’t work,” said Kathryn Sinback, court administrator with the Juvenile Justice Center.

Handcuffs are also going away.

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