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From developmentally disabled to juvenile jail

5 years ago February 18, 2010 Feb 18, 2010 Thursday, February 18 2010 Thursday, February 18, 2010 7:01:18 AM EST in News
Source: Associated Press

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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