OJJ serves youth who have been adjudicated delinquent or Families in Need of Services (FINS). 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. Through prevention and diversion programs, OJJ also serves youth in the community who are not involved in our system.
Our policies call for youth to receive services in the least restrictive placement setting. Most youth who come in contact with our agency can be best served in their own community, while receiving supervision services from Probation and Parole Officers in one of our 11 regional offices. Probation and Parole Officers serve as the coordinators of services for these youth and their families, while holding the youth accountable to the court-ordered conditions of probation.
For youth who require more intensive treatment and/or supervision, the courts may recommend placement in a non-secure treatment facility offering a more structured setting than the home environment can offer. This level of custody/care is referred to as Residential Placement.
Some youth require the most intensive treatment if they are considered a threat to public safety or they have had limited success in the services provided to them in the community. The court may recommend placement in a secure facility that offers the most structured setting. This level of custody/care is referred to as secure care placement. The secure care facilities for males are Bridge City Center for Youth, in Bridge City near New Orleans, Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe and its satellite facility, Swanson Center for Youth at Columbia. Secure care for female youth is provided at Ware Youth Center in Coushatta.