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May 30, 2011 7:49 AM by Posted by Sharlee Barriere

Official: New Center in Columbia Will Help Monroe

MONROE, La. (AP) - The head of Louisiana's Office of Juvenile
Justice says that a new detention center should open in Columbia later this year or early next year - and that should let the one in Monroe cut dorm size from 16 juveniles to 12.
Deputy Undersecretary Mary Livers spoke last week at the Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe. She says the agency wants to increase instruction and mentoring as part of a change from a corrections model to a therapeutic model.
Director Carolyn Atkins says Swanson has begun a mentoring program with Grambling State University's Criminal Justice Department to provide role models for the juveniles. She says it's also working with the parish to beautify a cemetery and with Habitat for Humanity, to encourage community responsibility.

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