Report: Juvenile detention population down

Aug 14, 2012

A report by Louisiana State University on the current status of the juvenile justice system has concluded multiple parishes have seen a decline in the number of youths detained over the past five years.

A study from the Institute for Public Health and Justice reported Tuesday some parishes have seen as much as a 45 percent decrease in the average daily detention populations since 2007.

There have also been decreases in youths on parole supervision and on local and state probation supervision.

The study concludes that the decreases are thanks to needs assessment tools helping probation officers develop case plans specific to a person's individual needs.

It also says that the decreases have occurred because of alternative-to-detention programs and detention risk screening instruments.