OJJ completes first phase of youth transfers to facility at Angola

The Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) completed the first phase of adjudicated youth transfers to the temporary facility at Angola on Oct. 19, according to a news release.

The move is part of a comprehensive plan to address the need to provide better care for youth and improve safety for youth, staff and surrounding communities.

Transporters moved 18 youth to secure care facilities throughout the state. Ten youth from BCCY moved to Swanson Center for Youth at Monroe.

Four youths from Acadiana Center for Youth at St. Martinville and four from Swanson Center for Youth at Monroe were moved to the temporary West Feliciana Center for Youth facility at Angola for a total of eight who are currently at the facility.

In June, Gov. John Bel Edwards signed Act 693 into law which
created a tiered system of low risk, moderate and high-risk juveniles within OJJ’s secure facilities based on assessments.

Over the last few months, disturbances at the Bridge City Center for Youth led OJJ to take measures to stabilize conditions at that facility.

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