Inside Louisiana’s Harshest Juvenile Lockup

Last year, Louisiana state officials opened a high-security lockup for teenagers. These teenagers, some of whom had serious mental illness, were kept in solitary confinement round-the-clock and shackled when they were allowed to leave their cells. They did not receive court-ordered counseling, nor any education, in violation of state and federal law.

A ProPublica investigation, co-reported with The Marshall Project and NBC News, reveals deplorable conditions Louisiana teenagers endured at a secret, high-security facility known as the Acadiana Center for Youth at St. Martinville. In this event, we discussed the factors that led to the creation of this facility, examined whether St. Martinville is part of a larger pattern in Louisiana’s history and the juvenile justice system nationally, and explored potential pathways to reform.

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