Bossier Detention Center Handed Over to Ware Youth Center of Red River Parish

In February the Bossier Parish Detention Center became the focus of controversy after the center's director, Irvin Grant was arrested, followed by the arrests of guards Anita Abbot, and Shenika Jefferson. "So, we're in the process of investigating wether there was a delay in the notification" said Mark Natale with the Bossier City Police Department several weeks. All three were accused of covering up an alleged rape of a juvenile under their watch. "That's not something the citizens of Bossier, nor the elected officials will tolerate" said Patrick Jackson, attorney for Bossier Parish. The Bossier Parish police jury tapped Jackson to fix things. "Immediately the police jury directed me to begin negotiations with Ware youth center, who is known to be a leader in juvenile justice throughout the state" said Jakcson. The juvenile detention center is effectively closed for the next few weeks for renovations and training, and it's that training that attracted Bossier leaders, they say Ware certification is of a national standard. "We're going to put a lot of structure and accountability in the staff, a lot of checks and balances to prevent those things...if something did happen, it should automatically be reported" said Kenny Loftin, Director of Ware Youth Center. "Our position is the police jury handles roads, bridges and buildings much better than it does those kinds of operations". For now the thirteen juveniles housed in the center will live at the Ware Youth Center in Coushatta, and are waiting to be transported back to the Bossier Detention Center, which promises a fresh start.