Louisiana youth facility teens could end up in Angolan unit | New


BATON ROUGE, La. — Teenagers from all of Louisiana’s youth prisons could end up in a new high-security cell on the grounds of the Angola State Penitentiary, a state official told a judge on Wednesday. American – a larger pool of young inmates than officials previously disclosed.

Heads of state said in July that only half of the roughly 50 teenagers currently being held at the Bridge City Center for Youth outside New Orleans would be transferred to Angola. The announcement follows a series of high-profile escapes and violent incidents inside the aging Jefferson Parish Youth State Prison.

But in a federal courtroom on Wednesday, the state’s Office of Juvenile Justice Assistant Secretary Otha “Curtis” Nelson said that any youth inside the agency’s secure care facilities who exhibited aggressive behavior — breaking objects, acts of violence, attempting to escape — could be transferred to what officials called the Bridge City Center for Youth in West Feliciana.

“When we look at our classification system, any child classified as ‘high-risk youth’ statewide could be transferred to this facility,” Nelson told U.S. District Judge Shelly Dick. “It will be a self-contained and secure campus.”

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