- Associated Press - Thursday, February 6, 2014

MONROE, La. (AP) - The number of young men incarcerated at the Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe has swelled in recent weeks.

The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice closed Jetson Center for Youth in Baker in the overnight hours between Jan. 25-26. Of the 76 residents at Jetson, 62 were moved Swanson. The remaining 14 inmates were taken to the Bridge City Center for Youth near New Orleans.

Swanson now houses 160 youths in 11 dormitories.

Mary Livers, deputy secretary for the Louisiana OJJ, told The News-Star (https://tnsne.ws/1dsBBXg) Jetson was “in bad disrepair.” Livers says the OJJ spent $28 million to maintain Jetson, but the facility remained inconsistent with the state’s treatment model for youth residing there, even referencing its “prison-like atmosphere.”


Information from: The News-Star, https://www.thenewsstar.com



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