Aug 7, 2014 21:45 Photos: Opening phase on new juvenile facility in Avoyelles Photos: Opening phase on new juvenile facility in Avoyelles Advocate staff photo by TRAVIS SPRADLING -- Office of Juvenile Justice Deputy Secretary Mary Livers, left, shakes hands with Mark Moses, right, director of the state's Office of Facility Planning and Control, which administered the Acadiana Center for Youth's design contract and will administer the center's construction contract. They were chatting after the ceremonial groundbreaking Thursday, along with State Rep. Robert A. Johnson, D-Marksville, center, one of the legislators who helped with the effort. Advocate story Aug. 07, 2014 Comments BUNKIE—Across the street from a small Baptist church and sandwiched between acres of soybeans and sugarcane, earth-moving equipment and scattered dirt piles serve as some of the few visual cues to one of the state’s most high-profile symbols of its juvenile justice reform efforts. The site, located on the southern edge of this small Avoyelles Parish town between Lafayette and Alexandria, featured more visitors than usual on Thursday as state and local officials converged to celebrate the beginning phases of construction on Louisiana’s newest juvenile “secure care” facility. The term, coined as a euphemism for juvenile prisons, more accurately fits the description of the Acadiana Center for Youth than any previously built juvenile lockup, officials say, such the Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe, the Bridge City Center for Youth in New Orleans and the recently closed Jetson Center for Youth in Baker.