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City Council questions Cantrell’s ‘tough love’ approach to juvenile justice

Friday 28th of June 2019 | Amerique du Nord, États-Unis
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New Orleans City Council members on Wednesday (June 27) renewed a push for more progressive approaches to juvenile justice issues following criticism aimed at Mayor LaToya Cantrell’s self-described “tough love” approaches, which include a stricter juvenile curfew.

Council members avoided criticizing Cantrell directly, instead pointing to new crime statistics they said undercut arguments that a crackdown is needed on all juveniles out late at night. The council also discussed the number of juveniles locked up in the city’s adult jail, the Orleans Justice Center, because its juvenile lockup, the Youth Study Center, ran out of beds. Cantrell condemned the practice as a council member.

There are currently five juveniles housed at the Orleans Justice Center.

“That is a very troublesome trend for this council given it was this previous council that put together a resolution that did not want … young people in an adult facility,” City Councilman Jason Williams said. “We had hours and hours of testimony about what is gained and what is lost in that process.”

Officials with the Cantrell administration appeared at Wednesday’s meeting to highlight new strategies at the Youth Study Center aimed at reducing recidivism among juvenile offenders, including more outreach to their families. The tone of that meeting was mostly collaborative and did not delve into the controversial approaches rolled out in the wake of District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro’s call for tougher enforcement on May 17.

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