- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 9, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Gov. John Bel Edwards has chosen a leader for Louisiana’s Office of Juvenile Justice.

James Bueche (Bush) has been working as interim deputy secretary of the department since May. On Wednesday, the governor’s office announced Bueche will stay on in the job permanently.

Bueche took over after Mary Livers, who had been criticized for her agency’s response to violence at one of the youth prisons, decided to retire. Bueche had previously been a deputy assistant secretary in the adult corrections department.

Edwards said in a statement that Bueche has focused on rehabilitation of the youth in the agency’s custody at juvenile prisons and other secure care facilities, like group homes.

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