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Juveniles at Jetson Center transferred for safety

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Posted: Jan 26, 2014 12:11 PM by Greg Renoud
Updated: Jan 27, 2014 6:18 AM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Jetson Center, unexpected closure, juveniles

BAKER - The Jetson Center for Youth officials say the reason for the overnight closure was because the environment was not safe for the youths in the dorms.

The Jetson center unexpectedly closed overnight and all of the juveniles were transferred to either Swanson or Bridge City Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) faculties.

The surprise move happened between midnight at 2 am.

At the time of the closure, the Jetson center housed 76 youths.

The 154 employees of the center will be offered jobs at other detention centers.

OJJ says safety was a concern when moving the juveniles.

Officials are currently in the process of notifying the parents of the inmates involved.

Probation and parole will provide transportation to families that wish to see their children who were moved.

OJJ says it costs $12 million to run the facility. The all male detention center has housed underage law offenders since 1948 and are unsure if it will reopen.

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