The Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice Commission hosted a Dedication and Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony on the grounds of Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center on Wednesday, November 9, 2011.
The ceremony opened with the dedication of the administrative building to the late Judge John D. Kopfler of Hammond City Court, in honor of his years of service to juvenile corrections. Judge Kopfler was a member of the Louisiana “Children’s Code Project” and brought attention to the dire need of placement services for juveniles from the Florida Parishes entering the criminal justice system. His vision and tireless work led to the establishment of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District, and later the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center. Today, the detention center serves the parishes of Tangipahoa, St. Tammany, Washington, Livingston, and St. Helena.
Immediately following the dedication, a ribbon-cutting officially opened the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center’s newly constructed 28-bed expansion. The facility’s state-of-the-art juvenile housing area was then proudly presented to guest for viewing. With this addition, the detention center is now able to provide services to and securely house 133 youth.
Attendees included members of the Kopfler family, representatives of the 21st and 22nd Judicial Districts, members of the Juvenile Justice Commission, and administrative detention staff.
In March of 2010, the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center broke ground on a facility expansion and campus improvements to existing facilities.
The new building will have 28 beds, increasing total capacity from 105 to 133. The new building will also have additional classrooms, dining rooms, youth enrichment areas, and staff offices.