Representatives from each of Louisiana’s parishes attended a JDAI detention facility assessment training, raising hopes that JDAI’s standards will influence the final version of Louisiana’s first-ever detention standards.
The Center for Children’s Law and Policy (CCLP) included Louisiana’s 64 parishes in a JDAI detention standards training held Feb. 11 to prepare the state’s five JDAI sites for detention center self-assessments.
The non-JDAI parishes were invited because the Louisiana Juvenile Detention Association, together with a special task force and CCLP technical assistance, is drafting the state’s first-ever statewide standards for detention-facility licensing.
“This was an opportunity for all the parishes to be exposed to JDAI’s best-practice standards at a time when the folks in Louisiana are tasked with drafting standards for their licensure process,” said Dana Shoenberg, deputy director for the CCLP. “It gave them an opportunity to understand how the JDAI standards work in action.”
Legislation signed by Gov. Bobby Jindal in June 2010 mandated that Louisiana establish uniform standards for its juvenile detention facilities by Jan. 1, 2012, and begin licensing facilities on Jan. 1, 2013.
The bill directed the Louisiana Juvenile Detention Association to develop and recommend uniform standards and licensing procedures for local detention facilities by July 1, 2011.
The standards are being developed with input and guidance from a task force that includes representative from each of the state’s local juvenile facilities as well as prosecutors, public defenders, and representatives from law enforcement, state agencies, and advocacy groups.
Dane Bolin, director of the Calcasieu Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services and a task force member and chair of the standards committee, continues to emphasize JDAI standards and principles in discussions with stakeholders involved in developing the new standards.
“The process thus far has gone better than expected. All stakeholders have taken an active role in the development of these standards,” said Bolin.
“The Louisiana Juvenile Detention Association and the task force have been making great progress,” said Shoenberg.
For more information contact Dane Bolin at firstname.lastname@example.org.