Leaders stand by decision to shut down Jetson Center for Youth

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - The leader of the State's Office of Juvenile Justice is standing by the decision to shut down the Jetson Center for Youth.

The Deputy Secretary, Mary Livers of OJJ apologized Thursday for upsetting people by closing the youth prison and moving its 76 inmates in the middle of the night.

She also reports the youth prisons in Monroe and New Orleans, where the inmates were sent, are better fit for rehabilitation.

Meanwhile, members of a commission that monitors the juvenile justice system called the move disruptive for the inmate's parents and for Jetson employees.

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