- Associated Press - Thursday, May 12, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - The head of Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice, recently criticized for her agency’s response to violence at one of the youth prisons, is retiring from her position.

Gov. John Bel Edwards’ office Thursday announced the retirement of Mary Livers, who has led OJJ since October 2008 and was recently re-appointed by the governor.

In a statement, Livers said she was retiring to spend more time with her family.

Livers needed Senate confirmation to stay in her position. She recently was hit with complaints during her confirmation hearing about violence at the Bridge City Center for Youth in Jefferson Parish.

Edwards has chosen James Bueche to work as interim deputy secretary of OJJ during the search for Livers’ replacement. Bueche has been a deputy assistant secretary in the adult corrections department.

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