St. James Parish Youth Detention Center closing its doors

ST. JAMES, LA (WAFB) - St. James Parish Youth Detention Center holds young offenders from St. James, as well as neighboring Assumption and Ascension parishes and several others. But, at the end of the month the facility will close its doors.

"St. James was pricing us and them out of the business. They just couldn't afford to do it," said Ascension Sheriff Jeff Wiley.

According To Sheriff Wiley, Ascension pays $230 a day to house one person at the St. James facility. But, the hefty price tag isn't the biggest problem. With St. James going away, Ascension needs a place for its juvenile offenders. A plan to build its own facility is brought mixed reaction from taxpayers.

"The juveniles today aren't what they use to be. And we need to do something, and this is one step," said Gasper Zuppardo.

"You put people in juvenile and they go back to do exactly what they're doing before. So it all depends on the type of people that they are, "said Codi Naquin.

While Ascension Parish leaders figure out what to do, juveniles will be placed in the new Assumption Parish Detention Center set to open July 1st.

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