Missouri To Help Louisiana On Fixing Youth Prisons

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Officials who overhauled the Missouri juvenile justice system to make it one of the nation’s most respected will advise Louisiana on reforming the state’s three youth prisons, says the New Orleans Times-Picayune. “It is fantastic news,” said David Utter of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana. “We have been to Missouri and it is a completely different paradigm for treating these kids.”

Mark Steward, head of Missouri’s Division of Youth Services, said the first step will be a visit in early September to the three secure facilities. His team will suggest ways to make the facilities more therapeutic, but cautioned that the process will be gradual. “You don’t change these kind of programs overnight,” he said. “It is a philosophical change: an evolution, not just a revolution.”

Link: http://www.nola.com/news/t-p/capital/index.ssf?/base/news-2/1092821306184280.xml

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