Jackson Parish Jail receives juvenile transfers from Angola prison

JACKSON PARISH (KTVE/KARD) — On September 15, 2023, the Office of Juvenile Justice (OJJ) transferred all youth out of the West Feliciana Center for Youth located on the grounds of the Angola Louisiana State Penitentiary to the Jackson Parish Jail in Jonesboro. After the District Court ruling last week, OJJ staff made contact with local officials in Jackson Parish who opened a new juvenile justice facility in July 2023.

According to officials, the new local facility, which is already serving youth in local juvenile justice programs, has the capacity to temporarily house OJJ youth while work continues on the new state-run Swanson secure care facility. Officials will reportedly work alongside local officials to ensure that OJJ youth housed in Jackson Parish continue to receive rehabilitative services and care that follow state and federal laws and regulations.

OJJ intends to move forward with our appeal of the recent ruling by the U.S. District Court. OJJ continues to disagree with the court’s ruling, which we believe contained several findings about the conditions at the West Feliciana Center for Youth that are at odds with the facts. The West Feliciana Center for Youth was a necessary, but temporary solution to address serious security issues at OJJ facilities across the state that threatened the safety of staff, community members, and youth in our care. The youth who were temporarily housed there received targeted rehabilitative services and care from hardworking OJJ staff, who took extraordinary measures to ensure the facility could successfully serve the youth. – Office of Juvenile Justice

In 2022, the legislature passed, and Gov. John Bel Edwards signed, Act 693 into law, which created a tiered system of low-risk, moderate-risk, and high-risk juveniles within OJJ’s secure care facilities. OJJ’s long-term plan is to transfer all youth needing intensive therapeutic services to the new Swanson Center for Youth at Monroe, which is a Tier 1 secure care facility that is scheduled to open later in 2023.

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One thought on “Jackson Parish Jail receives juvenile transfers from Angola prison

  1. Question so how does this benefits. The town
    Are we housing more than 50percent of our local jail so are tax paying dollars stay in our parish. Just asking a question.

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