POINTE COUPEE PARISH, La. (BRPROUD) — Within several weeks, two escaped juveniles have been found and returned to state-run detention facilities. But this isn’t the first time an escaped juvenile has made headlines here in Louisiana. On Tuesday, local and state leaders discussed how to put a stop to this trend.

The officials met in Pointe Coupee to discuss how they can tackle this problem. Sheriff René Thibodeaux says there needs to be a change.

“Number one, we’ve been talking about the state having a problem. We have a problem with juveniles,” said Thibodeaux.

Office of Juvenile Justice Assistant Secretary Perry Stagg said a majority of the escapes can be blamed on the employees working inside.

“99% of the time it’s human error, it’s about following policies and procedures by staff,” said Stagg.

A lot of this boils down to money, according to Thibodeaux. There are not enough resources to detain the kids and take care of them. Stagg said despite raising the salary to $40,000 a year, hiring and maintaining staff has become an issue.

“We are severely short staff, and severely, and we are severely short on quality staff,” Stagg said.

Thibodeaux said the four state-run facilities are nearly at capacity, holding roughly 200 juveniles total. He suggested a new facility is necessary.

“Can we have a facility that is already built? Can we refurbish it and use it?” said Thibodeaux.

But whether they rehab an old facility or build a new one, a project like this is going to cost a lot of money.

“What would it cost to build a new facility and what is the operational cost every year after that?” questioned Thibodeaux.

And he said the parish can’t do it alone.

“With the funds that we have right now from the federal government and from the state that, hopefully, we can get something started and going,” said Thibodeaux.

But this vision will take some time to become reality.