Sunday, September 04, 2005

What about detained youth in southeast LA?

Everyone saw the removal of thousands of adult prisoners from Orleans prison. But what about the incarcerated youth from the region? Here's an update from Louisiana's Office of Youth Development, dated September 3. Contact information for parents of imprisoned youth is at the bottom of this post. -- Evacuation Information: Saturday, August 27, 2005 --Bridge City Center for Youth: 75 youth to Jetson Center for Youth --Plaquemine Detention Center: 8 youth to Jetson Center for Youth and currently placed at Greenoaks Detention in Monroe, La. Sunday, August 28, 2005 --St. Bernard Detention Center: 2 youth to Jetson Center for Youth and currently placed at Greenoaks Detention in Monroe, La. --Terrebonne Detention Center: 2 youth to Jetson Center for Youth and currently placed at Greenoaks Detention in Monroe, La. --Rivarde Detention (Jefferson Parish); 28 youth to Jetson Center for Youth and currently placed at Calcasieu Detention Center in the Lake Charles area. Wednesday, August 31, 2005 --Orleans Parish Youth: 47 youth to Jetson Center for Youth and currently 20 youth are placed at Ware Detention/Shelter in Coushatta, La. and 27 youth are placed at Caddo Detention Center in Shreveport, La. Thursday, September 1, 2005 --Youth Study Center (Orleans Parish): 78 youth to Jetson Center for Youth (15 females and 63 males). 54 youth remain at Jetson in shelter/secure care. The remaining 24 youth have been moved to nonsecure settings around the state. A total of 240 juvenile justice youth entered Jetson Center for Youth for shelter between August 27 and September 1, 2005. The youth were fed, showered, given new clothing and assessed medically by LSUHSC staff. For the evacuated youth that remain at Jetson, and Bridge City and Jetson youth from the storm impacted area, mental health and social services were provided by professional OYD and LSUHSC staff from Jetson, Bridge City and Swanson. The youth from Bridge City began receiving educational services on Thursday. Demographic information was gathered on all youth by social workers/counselors in an effort to be prepared to give this information to the Red Cross to match up the youth to families in shelters around Louisiana and Texas. Continuous efforts are being made to contact family members of youth in our care. Nineteen (19) juvenile probation officers from various regions around the state have moved to Baton Rouge to assist State Police in their efforts in the Baton Rouge area. Dozens of juvenile probation officers from various regions of the state have assisted OYD in transporting youth to secure and nonsecure care settings. The Office of Youth Development (OYD) has established the following procedure for parents to contact us to learn the whereabouts of their children. Please call any of the three numbers to gain information about your child: 225-287-7900 main office number 225-287-7988 Perla Steele 225-287-7955 Stacey Williams-Miller Parents of children from Bridge City Center for Youth may call 225-778-9000 and ask for John Anderson, Michael Gaines, Ricky Wright or Linda London