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The Douglas County Justice Center project is an ongoing effort to right-size facilities, streamline judicial processes, and coordinate services in order to improve justice outcomes and enhance safety for all members of our community. This is also a part of an ongoing effort for the past two decades to reform Douglas County’s juvenile justice system. 

photo of the 3rd Douglas County Courthouse which is still in use today. Please click on photo for a larger more detailed image.
Photo courtesy of Douglas County Historical Society.

The existing Hall of Justice was built in 1912. As the city has grown and evolved, judicial functions have expanded beyond the building's capacity and design. Today, Douglas County's justice-related services — including judges, attorneys, public defenders, courts, juvenile probation, juvenile assessment, and youth detention center — are spread across five buildings in downtown and midtown.

Over the last 25 years, Douglas County has been working to develop a plan to address this shortfall. The project's goal is to establish our community as a leader in justice practices that protect youth and families, empower public servants and nonprofit partners, strengthen security, and reduce expensive inefficiencies.

The project team has recommended building a new facility to house juvenile justice services along with County Attorney and Public Defender's offices, as well as a new youth center designed to minimize trauma and the time juveniles spend in detention. These buildings would be connected to each other, as well as the City-County Building and County Courthouse, by a secure skywalk. 

FOR MORE INFORMATION:

The Douglas County Clerk maintains a record of all documents, project proposals, and information submitted to the Douglas County Board of Commissioners. To see all of the Justice Center-related items, click here 

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