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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Some young people arrested for non-violent offenses may be sent to a new program aimed at reducing recidivism instead of being housed at the Baton Rouge Juvenile Detention Center.
City-parish officials tell The Advocate that when male juveniles are sent to the new Evening Reporting Center they will be fed, get help with homework and receive counseling.
Gail Grover, director of the East Baton Rouge Parish's juvenile services department said research shows nonviolent offenders sent to such detention programs are less likely to commit crimes again.
Grover said the center can accommodate up to 13 juveniles at a time and will open May 13.
Youths will be assigned by a judge to the Evening Reporting Center at their detention hearing, Grover said.
It gives judges an additional option rather than sending them home to their parents or to jail, she said.
Offenders in the program will be picked up from school and brought to the center. They will be taken home after 8 p.m., a time after which statistics show young people are less likely to be
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