Critics Assail La. Juvenile System After Teen Dies

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Some state legislators in Louisiana charged that the death of a 17-year-old inmate at a state juvenile correctional center yesterday points to the need for reform of the system. Emmanuel Narcisse died after an altercation with a guard at a Bridge City facility, triggering investigations by the FBI, State Police and Jefferson Parish homicide detectives, the New Orleans Times-Picayne reports.

The center, one of four in the state, can house up to 180 juveniles. David Utter of the Juvenile Justice Project of Louisiana, a watchdog group monitoring youth prison conditions, described the four state-run facilities as “dangerous places.”

State senators Chris Ullo and Donald Cravins said the death illustrates the need to reform Louisiana’s juvenile justice system. “I’m very, very concerned about these detention facilities,” Ullo said.


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