Organization works with city’s most troubled youth
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (March 27, 2014) — Public safety veteran Yvette Gentry has been named director of Youth Detention Services, Mayor Greg Fischer announced today.
Fischer said Gentry is the perfect choice to expand the scope of the agency to extend beyond incarcerating the city’s most troubled youth, by working to find ways to divert them to alternatives beyond incarceration.
Gentry retired last year as deputy chief of the Louisville Metro Police Department after 24 years—her entire professional career—in policing, investigations, strategic planning, budgeting and patrol. She began with LMPD as a dispatcher, and worked her way through the ranks from officer to sergeant to lieutenant to major and eventually deputy chief in 2011.
“Every year in this country, we lose 20,000 young people year to violence,” Gentry said. “Of those that survive, nearly half in urban environments find are under some type of institutional control. I look forward to working with my community and
Youth Detention Services is an agency with 125 employees and a nearly $10 million budget. It operates the Youth Detention Center and also works with children and teens on home incarceration.