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  • mcprison mcprison Apr 3, 2000 12:54 PM Flag

    a short silence

    looks like they are just piling on.


    Here's the story:

    The Times-Picayune


    April 1, 2000 Saturday, ORLEANS

    SECTION:
    NATIONAL; Pg. A02

    LENGTH: 332 words


    HEADLINE: SENATE PANEL TO INVESTIGATE REPORTS OF ABUSE AT
    JENA JAIL

    BYLINE: By Ed Anderson and Steve
    Ritea Capital bureau

    DATELINE: BATON ROUGE


    BODY:
    The chairman of the Senate
    committee that oversees the state prison system said Friday
    that he wants to know how the Jena Juvenile Justice
    Center became a topic for national discourse and a
    target of federal Justice Department officials, who say
    there is widespread abuse at the facility near
    Alexandria.


    Sen. Donald Cravins, D-Arnaudville,
    told Richard Stalder, the secretary of the Department
    of Public Safety and Corrections, that he wants
    answers before lawmakers go home after the special
    session ends, probably next week.

    Cravins said
    he will schedule a special meeting of his Senate
    Judiciary B Committee to look into the allegations. He said
    he wants officials from the department and Wackenhut
    Corrections Corp., the private company that operates the jail
    for the state, to attend the meeting.


    Stalder said that if he does not attend, his staff
    members will. Cravins said he has been assured by a
    Wackenhut spokesman that company officials will attend.


    The U.S. Justice Department on Thursday
    amended an existing lawsuit against Louisiana to include
    the Jena jail and Wackenhut.

    It asks that a
    federal judge intervene and correct problems at a jail
    where guards allegedly abuse youths, encourage them to
    fight one another and provide them with inadequate
    medical and educational facilities.

    "We just
    got out of (problems with the juvenile jail in)
    Tallulah," Cravins said after the meeting. "How the hell can
    you fall asleep at the switch again? We have been
    told everything has been taken care of. At least, that
    is the impression we have gotten from corrections"
    officials.

    Cravins said the state has a legal
    responsibility to monitor the problems and clean them up. "Think
    of the liability alone," he said.

    Cravins
    called the problems at Jena "not only an embarrassment
    to the state, but it is following a pattern of
    conduct in the juvenile justice system. If half of what
    is being said about Jena is true, somebody needs to
    answer for the allegations."

 
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