- Associated Press - Wednesday, May 18, 2016

BRIDGE CITY, La. (AP) - A top-ranking state juvenile justice official has been named acting director of the Bridge City Center for Youth, the beleaguered juvenile lockup in Jefferson Parish.

Sean Hamilton, assistant secretary of the state Office of Juvenile Justice, is taking the reins of an understaffed state facility that has been plagued by violence in recent months.

Hamilton replaces interim Director Cassandra Washington, who has returned to the agency’s central office in Baton Rouge. Hamilton is at least the fifth leader at Bridge City since early 2014.

The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/22g4a5K) employees learned of the appointment in an email Tuesday.

Beth Touchet-Morgan, deputy assistant secretary of the Office of Juvenile Justice, said Hamilton will retain his job as assistant secretary, in which he is responsible for both facility and field operations.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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