Nearly 2 dozen juvenile inmates break loose inside troubled Louisiana facility, prompting SWAT: report
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Around 20 inmates at a Louisiana juvenile detention center broke loose in an “uprising” inside the perimeter of the facility Thursday night, prompting a SWAT response, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office told Fox News Digital.
One Office of Juvenile Justice worker and two juveniles were hurt in the incident during which the inmates were able “control of areas” within the facility. “
“Around 9: 48 pm, we received word that there was a disturbance inside the facility,” the sheriff’s department said. “Around 20 youths escaped their housing areas and took control of areas inside the facility. None of them were able escape the grounds. Around 40-50 deputies from our Patrol Division and Crisis Management Unit (SWAT) responded and were able to secure the facility by about midnight. The youths were taken back to the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ), which is the state agency that runs the facility.
The three injured were taken to the hospital in an unknown condition. The incident is the latest at the troubled facility. It comes just hours after five prisoners escaped through a hole in the bathroom ceiling. One of them was still at large on Friday.
Louisiana’s Bridge City Center for Youth has faced problems with inmates fleeing.
Bridge City is in the New Orleans metropolitan area.
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“There was a staffing issue,” State Senator Pat Connick, R-Marrero, told WWL-TV. “Someone wasn’t paying attention. They got out of their facility and escaped through the gate. “
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He said the facility should be shut down.
Around 20 inmates at a Louisiana juvenile detention center reportedly broke loose inside the perimeter of the facility Thursday night, prompting a SWAT response, the Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office said.
(Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office)
“The facility is not designed to house inmates like these kids,” he said.
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Before that breakout more than a dozen inmates had temporarily escaped from the facility since April 2021, including a 19-year-old who beat a female guard and locked her in a bathroom according to WWL.
“Keep in mind these aren’t just juvenile offenders, these are violent juvenile offenders: armed robbers, murderers, rapists and this facility is a minimum-security facility,” Jefferson Parish Councilman Deano Bonano said Thursday morning. “It wasn’t designed for this. “
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Connick said Gov. John Bel Edwards, a Democrat, “knows that this is a problem. Staffing is a major problem. My understanding is that parole officers are being sent into jail to guard inmates rather than being out on the streets performing their duties as parole officers. “
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