A Caddo Parish judge is trying to keep teenage criminals off of the street.
“The numbers do not lie,” said Caddo Parish judge Paul Young. “The proof is there. We have established that without any doubt in my mind that the need is there.”
The numbers that Young spoke on at Monday’s Caddo Parish Commission meeting involve the 24 beds at the Caddo Parish Juvenile Center where they now house 17-year old offenders.
As of July 1, 2020, nonviolent and violent offenders will be housed in one place, prompting Young to ask for an expansion of the center.
The expansion would cost $12 million and yearly operating costs can go up to $3.5 million.
Commissioner Lyndon B. Johnson says that money should go elsewhere.
“Programs that will reform 17-year olds, 16-year olds and teenagers instead of putting them away and lock them up,” Johnson said.