The Plaquemine, La. police chief said his city had to pay for a juvenile murder suspect to be sent to a facility in Alabama because of lack of room in his own state.
The Plaquemine Post South spoke to Chief Kenny Payne about his frustration concerning the transfer.
“That’s money out of my department’s budget, and they’re in those facilities that require psychologists and psychiatrists,” Payne said.
The 14-year-old suspect is charged with the murder of 17-year-old Tramone Montrell McGinnis. The victim was found shot to death at a home on Jan. 5.
Because Louisiana does not have enough space in juvenile detention facilities, the suspect was taken to an Alabama facility at the cost of the Plaquemine Police Department. The department had to pay officers to take the teen to Alabama and it will cost $600 a day to house the teen.
1819 News has submitted an inquiry to the Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) to ask about how the state is handling out-of-state juvenile suspects. This story will be updated if more information becomes available.