Welcome to the Office of Juvenile Justice
The Office of Juvenile Justice is a cabinet-level agency whose head, the Deputy Secretary, reports directly to the Governor of Louisiana.
Our official title is Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Youth Services, Office of Juvenile Justice (DPSC/YS/OJJ).
Under the direction of the Deputy Secretary, the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) has policy oversight and support responsibilities for state programs for youth who are adjudicated delinquent, as well as any youth and their families ruled in need of services by courts of juvenile jurisdiction (FINS - Families in Need of Services). We are responsible for youth assigned to our care by the court system, either for supervision or custody in residential placement, or secure care. OJJ also provides services to youth under local court supervision. Our staff supports the Administrative Remedy Procedure disciplinary appeal process for juveniles and performs quality assurance activities for the juvenile facilities.
OJJ administers eight programs: Administration, Swanson Center for Youth, Jetson Center for Youth, Bridge City Center for Youth, Field (Community) Services, Contract Services, Auxiliary and Louisiana Housing for Juvenile Offenders.
OJJ operates four 24-hour secure facilities for males: Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe, its satellite facility, Swanson Center for Youth at Columbia; Jetson Center for Youth in Baker, near Baton Rouge, and Bridge City Center for Youth in Bridge City, near New Orleans. Secure care for girls is provided at Ware Youth Center in Coushatta, Red River Parish.
Through prevention and diversion programs, OJJ also serves youth in the community who are not involved in our system. The Community Services program provides probation and parole supervision, and coordinates both residential and non-residential treatment services for delinquent youth, as well as status offenders and their families. Regional offices are located in Alexandria, Baton Rouge, Hammond, Lafayette, Lake Charles, Monroe, Natchitoches, New Orleans, Opelousas, Shreveport, Tallulah and Thibodaux.
OJJ services include:
- Evaluation and diagnostic services for children adjudicated delinquent and children of families adjudicated in need of services.
- Alternative services to out-of-home placement for children adjudicated delinquent and children of families adjudicated in need of services, and placed in the custody or supervision of Office of Juvenile Justice.
- Treatment services in secure care facilities for youth adjudicated delinquent and placed in the custody of the Office of Juvenile Justice and who, as determined by the court and/or the agency, require this restrictive level of care and custody.
- Probation, parole, and other programs of supervision for youth adjudicated delinquent and youth in families adjudicated in need of services.
- Community services directed at prevention of juvenile delinquency, intake screening, and diversion as deemed appropriate by the Office of Juvenile Justice.
- The agency participates in programs for the purchase of care and treatment of youth taken into custody under the provisions of the Children's Code, pending adjudication, disposition, placement, or any or all of the above.