NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – The ages of children committing serious crimes in Nashville are getting younger. There have been changes to the Davidson County Juvenile Justice system that aim to keep the children who enter the system from coming back.
The Davidson County Juvenile Detention Center houses children who face serious charges. They are held there while awaiting trial or a transfer to the adult system.
At the time of our visit, 13 was the age of the youngest child being housed there.
There is about 40 youth staying at the center at any given time. They are in class six hours a day, and they have access to a library and recreation.
Over the last four years, Juvenile Court Judge Sheila Calloway has implemented many changes at the center.
In 2014, Judge Calloway got rid of the shackles the children would wear when being transferred. She also changed their outfits from orange jumpsuits to polos and pants.