Juvenile Justice Center
Construction for the new state-of-the-art Juvenile Justice Center began in February 2013. This new facility will serve as the permanent home for the City’s secure detention facility for boys and girls younger than 18 years old and will replace the Temporary Youth Study Center that was opened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which destroyed the old facility. It will also serve as the home of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. Funding for this $32 million project comes from FEMA recovery dollars, insurance, and City bond funds. Funding for this $32 million project comes from FEMA recovery dollars, insurance, City bond funds, and Law Enforcement District bond funds. The new facility will be a model for national best practice in Juvenile Detention.
The New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center will support 24 hours a day operation and provisions for best practices including detention housing, educational, kitchen and dining spaces, indoor and outdoor recreational spaces, open courtyard and administrative and training spaces. Additional spaces include a NOPD juvenile receptions center which shall be the central port for new detained juvenile and current detainees to move between their facilities in to the court system.
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