Jerel M. Giarrusso, Communications Director
Tel. 225.287.7898, Fax 225.287.7673
OJJ's policy is to provide information that is truthful and accurate to the public, the media and other agencies, consistent with the custody and privacy interests of the agency, staff, and youth.
No information identifying any youth in OJJ custody or in any OJJ program will be released to the public, except in accordance with state statutes contained in the Louisiana Children’s Code or at the direction of the courts.
The Communications Director is responsible for all public relations and public information activities. The Communications Director serves as agency spokesperson; coordinates media outreach through news releases, video releases, etc.; manages media/public awareness campaigns; advises management on public affairs issues; provides information about agency activities and policies to the news media and the public; tracks media coverage; produces public information materials, maintains the content on the website, and facilitates the flow of internal and external information.