Lawmakers delay Jindal plans for juvenile prison
Lawmakers have slowed Jindal administration plans to build a new juvenile prison facility in East Baton Rouge Parish, questioning its cost and impact on state debt limits.
The Bond Commission delayed a vote Thursday on the $25 million borrowing plan for the Baker facility after legislators on the panel raised concerns.
Gov. Bobby Jindal's administration wants to build the new facility to house juvenile offenders in a smaller, rehabilitative setting that's less prison-like - following juvenile justice models praised for reducing recidivism. The facility also is projected to have lower operational costs.
The offenders would be moved from a nearby juvenile prison, and it's unclear what would happen to that prison.
House Speaker Jim Tucker says the Legislature's budget committee needs to review the plans. He worried the borrowing would edge the state closer to its constitutional debt limit.