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From developmentally disabled to juvenile jail

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Posted: Feb 18, 2010 8:01 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: jail, juvenile, offenders, program, Columbia, youth homes

The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice says a former home for the developmentally disabled is to become a moderate-security juvenile jail.

The facility in Columbia will hold up to 48 youths and employ 43 staffers, starting next year.

It won't get the most violent youths.

After reports of violence and abuse in juvenile correctional centers, the Legislature voted in 2004 to stop warehousing youth offenders in huge, lockdown prisons.

It called for a move to facilities closer to the youths' homes, with smaller populations, more staff, and security that better reflects the broad range of juvenile offenses.

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