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May 15, 2014 7:24 AM by AP

State plans to build 3 new juvenile care centers

The state plans to build three new secure-care juvenile facilities, replacing those in Baker and Monroe and building a new one in Bunkie.

Mary Livers, the deputy secretary of the state Office of Juvenile Justice, said Wednesday construction is set to begin at the Bunkie Center for Youth in June and could take 18-24 months.

The Advocate reports Livers said she also plans to build state-of-the-art facilities at the Jetson Center for Youth near Baker and Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe.

She says those three secure care centers along with Bridge City Center for Youth in New Orleans and Swanson Center for Youth in Columbia will give the state five regional centers.

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