BOSTON (AP) – Young offenders in Boston are being jailed as far away as New Bedford and Worcester because the city has nowhere to put them.

The Boston Herald reports that the teen jail crunch comes after the city shut down its own holding facility in Mattapan because it couldn’t afford it.

Meanwhile, a juvenile detention wing in a police station near Government Center was recently renovated, and those cells are now used for adults.

Boston police say the city still has temporary holding cells for juveniles all over the city. But state law says minors can’t be held overnight except in a dedicated youth facility.

The city’s new policy of shuttling juveniles outside Boston began last month.

Police say the city is in talks with state officials about solving the problem.

AP-ES-08-09-08 0931EDT

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