BRIDGE CITY, La. (AP) — Another group of six youths has escaped from a suburban New Orleans juvenile detention center that was rocked by a June riot.
The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the six broke out of the Bridge City Center for Youth around 2:30 a.m. Sunday.
Five were recaptured after stealing a vehicle. A sixth youth, a 17-year-old from Orleans Parish, is still on the loose.
It’s the fourth escape this year from the troubled facility. Jefferson Parish officials are pushing to close it after a June riot when 20 juveniles took over parts of the complex.
Deputies, canines and the SWAT team were called to restore order at the facility, retaking control after a two-hour standoff. The riot came hours after five juveniles escaped through a hole they cut in a bathroom ceiling.
No one escaped during June 16 uprising. But nearby residents say they feel unsafe.
Gov. John Bel Edwards sent state troopers and additional personnel from the Office of Juvenile Justice to guard the center after the riot and escapes. But Republican state Sen. Pat Connick of Marrero said that the center is understaffed. He and other officials want it closed and the residents transferred elsewhere