The Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) oversees and supports state programs for youth who are adjudicated delinquent, and youth and their families ruled in need of services by juvenile courts. OJJ is responsible for youth assigned to their care by the court system, either for supervision (probation) or custody in residential placement or secure care. OJJ also serves youth that are at risk of coming into the juvenile justice system through prevention and diversion programs in local communities.
OJJ has been working toward juvenile justice reform for several years. In 2003, the agency was separated from the adult corrections system and has moved forward with reforms that include improvements to the secure care facilities, and probation and parole services. In addition, the agency has moved from a custodial corrections model to a treatment model.
In the secure facilities, OJJ has begun implementation of a therapeutic environment that focuses on treatment, positive peer support, and family involvement. In the regional offices, OJJ has implemented service coordination, a method of operating that provides seamless case management for youth in the OJJ system. The agency has lowered caseloads for Probation and Parole Offices to ensure focused services to youth and their families, and continues to build the continuum of care through community service providers. OJJ strives to identify and provide for those evidence-based programs that demonstrate effective outcomes and reducing recidivism.
OJJ operates three secure care facilities for males: Swanson Center for Youth (Monroe, Louisiana), Jetson Center for Youth (Baker, Louisiana) and Bridge City Center for Youth (Bridge City, Louisiana). Girls’ secure care is currently provided at contract facilities. Regional offices are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Orleans, Opelousas, Shreveport, Tallulah, and Thibodaux.Additional information can be found on the Office of Juvenile Justice’s official website at http://ojj.la.gov/.