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East Baton Rouge Parish looks at new prison

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BATON ROUGE, La. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff Sid Gautreaux say the state has agreed to give up a portion of the land where the now-closed Jetson Center for Youth used to sit so the sheriff can build a new parish prison.

Gautreaux said one of his last major goals is to build a new prison to replace the aging, dilapidated facility near Metro Airport.

The state has about 800 acres outside of Baker where it operated the Jetson Center for Youth as a secure center for juvenile offenders.

Gautreaux said he hopes to begin construction within a year.

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