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Guilford County commissioner pushes bill on juvenile jail housing

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By Kate Queram/The Greensboro News & Record

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Guilford County Commissioner Ray Trapp — who, he’d like you to know, actually uses his county office at the courthouse — spent time last week courting support for a bill that would change the way juvenile offenders are housed throughout the state, according to The Greensboro News & Record.

“I’m lobbying some folks around the state to make sure it goes through,” Trapp said Wednesday (from his courthouse office, of course).

Trapp worked with state Sen. Gladys Robinson, a Guilford Democrat, on Senate Bill 198. The bill aims to change a state law that requires 16- and 17-year-old juvenile offenders to be housed in general jail populations alongside adult inmates.

At night, the teens either sleep in their own cells or bunk with other juveniles, according to officials. But the rest of the time, they’re mingling with adults. This bill would change that.

Read full story: The Greensboro News & Record