Sep 30, 2009 10:40 AM by sleonard
OPELOUSAS, La. (AP) - The St. Landry Parish Council will vote Thursday whether to allow the state to build a therapeutic juvenile center in the parish.
If the council approves, the state Office of Juvenile Justice could soon begin work building the $20 million facility near Opelousas.
Parish President Don Menard tells The Advocate of Baton Rouge the project would bring an estimated $9 million annually to the parish and would employ about 90 people.
He said he feels confident that he has enough support from the council to push the plan forward.
The Acadiana Center for Youth, as it will be named, would house about 60 juveniles from the Acadiana area and would be modeled after Missouri's therapeutic juvenile justice system, billed as the finest in the nation.
---Information from: The Advocate,http://www.2theadvocate.com (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)