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Feb 11, 2013 8:48 AM by AP

New juvenile detention center may open by July 1

CONVENT, La. (AP) - The multi-parish agency tasked with taking over operations of the St. James Youth Center continues to hope that officials in Assumption Parish can have a new juvenile detention facility ready by July 1.

The St. James Youth Center Multijurisdictional Commission, which consists of representatives from eight parishes, met last week to hear an update on the Assumption Parish efforts.

Eric Deroche, St. James Parish's director of emergency preparedness, said Assumption Parish officials are working with the Louisiana Juvenile Detention Association to write policies for the new juvenile detention facility, which actually will be converted from the current Assumption Parish Detention Center in Napoleonville.

Officials say the St. James Youth Center has been operating at or below about 25 percent of its capacity in recent months.

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Information from: The Advocate, http://theadvocate.com

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