St. Landry

Oct 27, 2010 7:11 PM by Shawn Kline

St. Landry picking a new site for Juvenile Detention

John and Bernadine Soileau have been breeding race horses for more than 50 years.
"You do it because you love it," John Soileau says.
They've raised championship caliber horses- competing in races from New Mexico to tracks here like Evangeline Downs.

If you ask John about his luck, he'll tell you it has to do with his superstitions.

"If i got a cap, or a cowboy hat on, I'll put the same one back on." Soileau says, "I don't want to change nothing."
The Soileau's ranch attracts racehorse enthusiasts from across the country but they feel their business could be in jeopardy because of a plan in the works across the street.
"This will be a state-of-the-art facility."
For the last year, Parish President Don Menard and state officials have been searching for a site to start building a new juvenile detention center.
"It's not so much a prison," Menard said. "It will be a rehabilitation center."
A center even the Soileaus agree is needed here in Acadiana- but not in their backyard.
"I think it is (needed)." Bernadine says, "but not in a residential community and certainly not in this community."
A rural community making a lot of noise to keep this edge on St. Landry Parish quiet.
The questions the Soileaus raise are old questions and concerns over the site of the proposed juvenile detention center.
You may recall, state and parish officials said the facility would go up on a non-residential site off Interstate 49, but that deal fell through- leading officials to look elsewhere.
The current site they're looking at is on the St. Landry-Evangeline line.


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