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Lane talks juvenile assessment center, mental health court

Scott County Sheriff Tim Lane joined 4 The Record this week for a conversation. This is the second part of that conversation.

We sat down with Lane back in April to talk about a possible "juvenile assessment center."

A few local law enforcement officers traveled to Colorado to see one in action and present the idea here in the Quad Cities. 

At the time we talked about the current detention diversion program in place, but that this assessment center would address the "big picture" and implement a variety of resources to help at-risk kids.

Lane gave an update on this as we continue to discuss the youth action summit and if this is still a possibility.

It's been two years now since the Scott County mental health court was launched.

It's a program that offers mental health treatment and other services to offenders.

So far those who helped start this program say it's accepted 29 candidates, but the number of applicants far exceeds the number of those accepted. 

Now there's a call to action toward the county to help preserve programs aimed at providing mental health treatment to offenders rather than keeping them behind bars. 

Lane talked about how the county will address the overflow of offenders who need mental health treatment and how he suggests the county maintains these programs.

Watch the full interview in the video above.

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