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State Leaders React to Dabadie Veto

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Funding for J. Levy Dabadie in Pineville got the veto stamp from Governor Jindal Friday night.

The plan now is to merge Dabadie with the Avoyelles Correctional Center in Cottonport.

In a statement about the veto, Governor Jindal said he made the decision because it would allow for the "streamlining of the department of corrections." 

When money for Dabadie was in jeopardy several months ago, Rep. Chris Hazel went to bat and pushed for an amendment to find the money to keep it open. 

We spoke with Rep. Robert Johnson (D-28) of Avoyelles Parish about the veto and what it means for the Avoyelles Correctional Center in his district.

"I think the only thing is these inmates being moved to Avoyelles would make it more attractive for a private prison company to come in," he said. "Because obviously, there are more inmates and then the price per inmate that's how they make their money. At the same time, I think that Avoyelles is going to have trouble housing 300 inmates from Dabadie. I don't think there is room, so you're looking at probably a double bunk situation and that could get into problems with the federal government and possibly meeting those regulations."

About 300 prisoners will be sent to Avoyelles. Some of Dabadie's 100 employees could find work there as well.


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