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Audit: High turnover at Louisiana youth prisons risks safety

By MELINDA DESLATTE
Associated Press

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A new audit is raising safety concerns about Louisiana's youth prisons.

The review by Legislative Auditor Daryl Purpera's office, released Monday, says high employee turnover has made it difficult for the Office of Juvenile Justice to properly monitor the youth lock-ups - known as secure care facilities.

The Bridge City facility in southeast Louisiana has a turnover rate that tops 62 percent.

The audit found that fighting is on the rise, and the prison facilities aren't always made to correct safety-related issues identified in monitoring.

Purpera's office says Louisiana has four secure care facilities, housing about 276 juveniles at any time.

In a written response, the Office of Juvenile Justice says it's working to enact the auditors' recommendations for improvement. The agency, however, could face sizable budget cuts in July.

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