Louisiana names new leader of juvenile justice department


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BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana has a new leader of its juvenile justice agency that oversees youth lockup facilities and other programs for convicted youth offenders, in an unexpected change at the agency’s top job.

Gov. John Bel Edwards announced Wednesday evening that he named Edward Dustin Bickham as interim deputy secretary for the Office of Juvenile Justice.

Bickham took over from James Bueche, who the governor’s office said resigned from the Office of Juvenile Justice on Wednesday. No reason was offered for Bueche’s abrupt departure.

Bickham, a lawyer, worked for Department of Corrections for nearly 17 years, including as deputy warden at the Dixon Correctional Institute. Dixon has a youth offender program aimed at providing skills training and counseling to help its participants reenter society.

By: Associated Press

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