During the 2001 Regular Session, the Louisiana legislature passed House Concurrent Resolution No. 94 which created a Juvenile Justice Commission (JJC) to study the Louisiana juvenile justice system and make recommendations for system improvement. The JJC was formed in the wake of federal investigations of juvenile corrections facilities in Louisiana. In March 2003, the JJC delivered over 60 structural and substantive recommendations, including measures that would change the organization and administration of basic delinquency services and redirect certain juvenile justice funding. Key provisions of the report were legislated during 2003 Regular Session in Act 1225, referred to as the Juvenile Justice Reform Act of 2003. The JJC has sunset; however, the 2003 Act 1225 created the Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission (JJIC).
The Juvenile Justice Implementation Commission’s main purpose is to oversee the reform of the state’s juvenile justice system by implementation of the recommendations contained in the Juvenile Justice Reform Act and House Concurrent Resolution 56, both of Regular Session 2003. The JJIC is comprised of 6 members laid out by statute to include: the lieutenant governor; one senator appointed by the president of the Senate; a supreme court justice appointed by the chief justice of the state supreme court; the commissioner of administration; the vice president for Administration and Management, Southern University and A&M College or his designee; and one representative appointed by the speaker of the House.The JJIC meets regularly to monitor key players in juvenile justice reform. They listen to testimony from stakeholders and hold accountable those responsible in the system. The Commission has been instrumental in scrutinizing juvenile housing facilities and in studying alternatives to secure incarceration. They evaluate specific problem areas and make recommendations for improvement. The Commission members advocate for juvenile justice legislation and the restructuring of the delivery of services to children and their families.