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Nov 11, 2013 9:50 AM by AP

Work could begin next year on juvenile center

LAKE CHARLES, La. (AP) - Crews could break ground sometime next summer on a new complex for the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services.

Director Dane Bolin tells the American Press that New Jersey-based Justice Solution Group will help design the facility.

The new complex will be built next to the existing one.

Bolin says the current facility is outdated and is too expensive to maintain.

Bolin says the new complex will be built according to the standards approved by state lawmakers in 2010.

The Calcasieu office - along with all 15 juvenile detention centers in Louisiana - were licensed in July, requiring them to follow quality standards like mental health, security and medical screenings.

Bolin said the complex will have about 36-40 beds, the same as the existing facility.

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