About Florida Parishes
The mission of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center is to provide a safe and restrictive environment for juveniles requiring secure residential detention and to insure that those detained will be available for scheduled court hearings.
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The youth’s medical, dental and mental health needs will be handled as necessary on an emergency or immediate care basis. The detention program shall facilitate a continuum of care by providing necessary referrals for follow-up services.
In 1986 the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice District was established by R.S. 15:1094, an Act of the Louisiana Legislature, as a political subdivision of the state with territorial jurisdiction throughout the 21st and 22nd Judicial Districts, including the parishes of Livingston, St. Helena, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa and Washington.
La. R.S. 15:1094.1 created the Florida Parishes Juvenile Justice Commission, which is composed of seven commissioners who develop, administer and manage the affairs of the the district. It’s members serve without salary or per diem and meet once per month in the conference room of the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center.
The Center was first occupied in October, 1992 by the superintendent and two staff members. Lack of funding from the state delayed the opening of the center for over a year. The center officially opened with 31 beds on January 3, 1994 and accepted the first juvenile on January 18, 1994.
The facility operates according to the mandates of a consent decree from the United States District Court, Middle District of Louisiana. This Consent Decree stipulates various aspects of facility operations such as capacity, staff/youth ratio and program components. The original Consent Decree was filed in United States District Court on December 22, 1993 and a modification to the Consent Decree was filed in the same court on November 4th, 1994. In September 1995, the facility underwent an accreditation audit with the American Correctional Association, and was found in compliance with 100% of standards, both mandatory and non-mandatory.
The detention center now participates in Performance Based Standards (PBS); which measures outcomes in numerous areas. These outcomes measure operations, safety, health, education, and other areas of programming; scoring the center against similar sized detention facilities nationwide. FPJDC has been and continues to be nationally recognized as a model detention facility.
In October, 1995, voters in the five Florida Parishes approved a 10 year, 3 mil property tax. Construction for expansion began shortly thereafter.
The first expansion, completed in 1999 added an additional 74 beds, 4 classrooms and a multi-purpose gym.
In March of 2010 the center broke ground an additional facility expansions and campus improvements to existing facilities.
The new expansion, completed during the first quarter of 2011, has 28 beds, increasing the center’acs total capacity from 105 to 133. The new building also has additional classrooms, dining rooms, youth enrichment areas, and staff offices.