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  • Juvenile Justice leader defends Jetson closure

    February 20, 2014 12:06 PM

    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... more »
  • Consultant: Juvenile justice system on the right track Play Video

    November 29, 2012 6:18 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Problems like escapes and fights at Louisiana juvenile justice facilities have made headlines in recent years. However, a consultant from a state considered the model from youth reform says that is no reason to give up. Former Missouri Youth Services Director Mark Steward said today reform... more »
  • Juvenile justice commission talks about ongoing issues Play Video

    August 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... more »
  • Report: Juvenile detention population down

    August 14, 2012 2:49 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A report by Louisiana State University on the current status of the juvenile justice system has concluded multiple parishes have seen a decline in the number of youths detained over the past five years. A study from the Institute for Public Health and Justice reported Tuesday some... more »
  • Changes being made to La. juvenile justice system

    August 14, 2012 10:45 AM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Juvenile Justice is reorganizing its offices across the state into a new regional management system. Deputy Secretary Dr. Mary Livers said today the state will be divided into three regions, each headed by a regional manager. Tonight at 6, News 2's Mike... more »
  • Ex-state lawmaker blasts the La. Office of Juvenile Justice Play Video

    July 11, 2012 5:29 PM

    BATON ROUGE- Former lawmaker Don Cravins, Sr, says there needs to be a shakeup in the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. Cravins, who is currently the mayor of Opelousas, helped fight for a legislative package known the the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2003. A team of professionals, including... more »
  • OJJ to hold announcement tonight on Jetson escapees

    July 9, 2012 6:32 PM

    BATON ROUGE - The Office of Juvenile Justice announced a late-notice press conference this evening to release more details about two juveniles who escaped from the Jetson Center for Youth and were later caught. Clarence McWilliams and Demonte Washington walked out of the facility last Tuesday. They were found... more »
  • AG: Bickford to plead guilty for stealing $1.8M

    June 25, 2012 10:59 AM

    AMITE - The state Attorney General's Office said a former secretary is scheduled to plead guilty today to charges she stole more than $2 million from a juvenile justice commission over nine years. A spokesperson said Brenda Bickford is scheduled to enter the plea this morning to theft and... more »
  • Audit targets juvenile justice contracts

    February 11, 2011 5:54 PM

    BATON ROUGE - A recent state performance audit shows expensive problems within the Office of Juvenile Justice. Most of the issues deal with a lack of scrutiny for contracts, which amount to 40 percent of the office budget or $62 million dollars. Auditors say there is a good review... more »
  • Report: La. prison unsafe for juvenile offenders

    November 10, 2010 10:01 AM

    BATON ROUGE - A juvenile justice advocacy group says conditions at a juvenile prison in Monroe continue to be unfit for young offenders. The Times-Picayune says the report claims the offenders at the Swanson Center for Youth face almost daily fights among inmates, excessive use of force by staff and... more »

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