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Jul 8, 2013 9:03 AM by AP

Future of former St. James youth center unknown

CONVENT, La. (AP) - While the St. James Youth Center has shut its doors for good, the future of the building that housed the former juvenile detention center remains uncertain.

Parish President Timmy Roussel tells The Advocate the inmates were transferred Friday from the facility to the new Assumption Parish Juvenile Detention Center in Napoleonville, and none of the facility's employees are still working there.

Eight of the employees were transferred to other jobs in parish government, while one got a job at the St. James Sheriff's Office.

Officials say the remaining 25 workers retired or were dismissed.

Roussel said the parish is exploring different options, including using the site as the home of a regional prisoner work-release program.

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