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The City of New Orleans

Mayor Mitchell J. Landrieu


How do I find out if my child is at the YSC?

When a youth is admitted to the Youth Study Center the legal guardian will be notified by YSC staff. To protect youths rights to confidentiality, staff will not provide any information about youth housed at the YSC to anyone other than their legal guardian, legal council, or authorized agencies.

What services do youth receive at the YSC?

Our services focus on the best interest of the youth through a professional culture that holds them behaviorally accountable in a manner conducive to personal growth and development.

Medical and Dental

Every youth admitted to the Youth Study Center receives a medical evaluation by a licensed medical practitioner as well as a dental screening by a licensed dentist. Youth have 24 hour access to medical care while in custody.

Mental Health

All youth admitted the the Youth Study Center have access to mental health care provided by a licensed psychologist.


Youth have the opportunity to participate in educational programming while at the Youth Study Center provided by the New Orleans Parish School Board. 


The Youth Study Center provides evidence-based treatment programming that supports every juvenile’s capacity to learn. Youth have the opportunity to participate in a variety of programs facilitated by staff and volunteers, as well as diverse recreational activities led by experienced recreational staff.

Can I visit a youth at the YSC?

The Youth Study Center has different visitation policies and regulations for family and case related visits. All visitors must have an I.D. on them at all times. Visitation policies are as follows:

Contraband Notice

Any item prohibited from juvenile possession within detention is because its use endangers the safety and security of the facility, staff, and juveniles. Contraband also includes items a juvenile is prohibited from obtaining because it violates the law, a court order, or detention rules. Detainees are not allowed to receive anything directly from visitors.

Items Not Permitted Inside Facility:

Purses, tobacco products,  cell phones, wallets with chains, lighters and matches, mail, photos, books and bibles, personal hygiene items, food or drinks, weapons, pens or pencils, or electronics.


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Last updated: 1/21/2015 3:55:28 PM

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