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Caddo judicial hopefuls discuss keeping youths out of system

Published: Dec. 9, 2016 at 5:44 PM CST|Updated: Jul. 27, 2017 at 3:41 PM CDT
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SHREVEPORT, LA (KSLA) - Among the decisions Caddo Parish voters face Dec. 10 is the selection of a Caddo Juvenile Court judge.

Vying for the Election Section 1C seat on the bench are 2 Shreveporters, both of whom are attorneys and Democrats.

That decision is up to voters in 45 of the parish's 151 precincts.

Those 46,977 voters have a choice of Ree J. Casey-Jones and Andrew Randall Jr.

Jones having served in the Juvenile and District courts is also an attorney.

Randall is a pastor who has been an attorney for more than 16 years.

Following is what each said when asked what they will do as judge to keep children out of the court system.

Casey-Jones: "I think with teaching our parents how to be parents, because sometimes they just don't know. There's not a handbook out there for any of us that are parents. You really can't say if there's a right or wrong way. It's just kind of going into this thing blind. So, some of us do make bad decisions when it comes to our children, and it affects our children, it affects our homes. Basically teaching our parents what to do, what to say in front of your child, what to expose your child to, what to teach your child. Some of them just don't know."

Randall: "I think juvenile court juvenile law, is preventative rather than punitive. I think that's important because we have to talk about the system being broken. I think it's important to understand that we have a two fold effort to keep children out of the system and to make sure the system works for them if they happen to become apart of it. One of the things that I think is critical to doing that is for children and families to know that the first time that they see Andrew Randall is not going to be at 1835 Spring Street in a black robe. But they will see me as they have seen me at their churches, with community organizations, at our schools. I think that wrap around partner ship on the front end creates a culture of prevention if you will and cooperation to keep our children out of the system."

Both cite their experience in the courtroom and their years as an attorney as their strengths.

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