Juvenile Justice leader defends Jetson closure
BATON ROUGE - The head of Louisiana's Office of Juvenile Justice apologized for upsetting people by abruptly closing the youth prison near Baton Rouge and moving its inmates in the middle of the night without advance notice.
But Mary Livers, deputy secretary of OJJ, told an oversight commission Thursday that she stands by the decision to shutter the Jetson Center for Youth.
She said the youth prisons in the Monroe and New Orleans areas are better suited for rehabilitative care. And she said the secretive procedure for reassigning the inmates was designed for safety.
Members of a commission that monitors the juvenile justice system said they were uncomfortable with how the Jetson closure was handled. They called it disruptive for the parents of those who were in the facility and for Jetson employees.
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