Secure care, the deep end of the juvenile justice system, is reserved for those youth deemed to be a risk to public safety and/or not amenable to treatment in a less restrictive setting.
Youth are monitored constantly under direct supervision of staff, and are not allowed to come and go freely. Youth are housed in dormitories, or housing units, with populations from 10-12. Every effort is made to assign youth to the facility closest to home, which meets their identified treatment needs, to encourage family visits and involvement in treatment.
OJJ operates secure care facilities for males in different areas of the state:
- Bridge City Center for Youth, in Jefferson Parish, near New Orleans
- Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe
- Swanson Center for Youth at Columbia, a satellite facility to Swanson-Monroe
Female youth requiring placement in a secure facility are placed at Ware Youth Center in Coushatta, which contracts with OJJ to provide services. Female youth receive complete evaluations, and individual plans are developed based on their needs, with specialized services supplied by contract providers in the community.