Better accountability for teen criminals in the Tri-Cities

Better accountability for teen criminals in the Tri-Cities
TRI-CITIES, Wash. -- KEPR learned more teens are being held accountable for their crimes in the Tri-Cities.

For years, overcrowding issues at the juvenile jail caused teens to get out of jail early.

That all changed last fall when two dozen additional beds came to the justice center.

In the last three months, no teens were released early.

Prior to that, roughly one juvenile a day was released before completing their time.

Jail workers tell us the idea that you'll serve your full sentence has deterred teens from committing more crimes.

Besides the new beds, the juvenile justice center also received money for three additional guards.