Baton Rouge to open new center for juveniles
BATON ROUGE, La. - Some young people arrested for non-violent offenses may be sent to a new program aimed at reducing recidivism instead of being housed at the Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center.
City-parish officials tell The Advocate that when juveniles are sent to the new Evening Reporting Center they will be fed, get help with homework and receive counseling.
Gail Grover, director of the East Baton Rouge Parish's juvenile services department says research shows nonviolent offenders sent to such detention programs are less likely to commit crimes again.
Grover says the center can accommodate up to 13 juveniles at a time and will open May 13.