Posted: Aug 14, 2012 5:49 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Aug 14, 2012 5:49 PM
BATON ROUGE- Plans are in the works to establish a network of regional directors for the La. Office of Juvenile Justice.
Deputy Secretary Mary Livers told a juvenile justice commission that three directors will oversee three regions across the state.
She says that will help them develop input with the public and keeps the directors within 90 minutes' travel time with most facilities.
Livers wants to move forward with plans to create advisory panels in the regions. That would allow the public and other state leaders to help solve various problems at state sites.
She said the state has an obligation to use every form of rehabilitation to help young people. If that fails, she says it is also important to establish a bridge to the adult penal system if teens refuse help or cause a distraction to others seeking treatment.