Audit targets juvenile justice contracts
BATON ROUGE - A recent state performance audit shows expensive problems within the Office of Juvenile Justice.
Most of the issues deal with a lack of scrutiny for contracts, which amount to 40 percent of the office budget or $62 million dollars. Auditors say there is a good review of contracts involving efforts to keep repeat youth offenders out of the system, but the same efforts need to be made concerning all contracts.
Juvenile Justice administrators say some of the changes called for in the audit were already taking place. They say young people are also being assessed differently when placed under state supervision, which will help make sure they are placed in a facility with the proper amount of security. That could also save millions of dollars, according to the audit.