In an effort to reach youth with substance abuse problems, the 16th Judicial District Attorney’s Juvenile Drug Court Program was created in 1999 in St. Mary Parish and in October of 2000 in Iberia Parish. These courts combine the close supervision of the judicial process with resources available through alcohol and drug treatment services. The goals of Drug Court are to reduce recidivism of drug-related offenses and to create options within the criminal justice system for effective and appropriate responses to juvenile offenders who commit crimes due to their drug habit.

The Juvenile Drug Court Program is very similar to the Adult Drug Court Program. The main difference in the Juvenile Drug Court Program is that it addresses issues with the entire family instead of just the individual.

Eligibility:

All participants must meet EACH of the following conditions:

All participants must meet AT LEAST ONE of the following conditions:

The Intake/Probation Officer evaluates prospective juvenile clients. Then the client is referred to Fairview Outpatient Treatment Center in New Iberia or Bayou Vista for the second evaluation.

Process

The program is divided into phases with each phase requiring the clients to attend treatment and counseling sessions. As they progress through the different phases the amount of treatment sessions they attend weekly decreases. Throughout the program, juveniles are required to:

The Four Phases

Phase I and II consist of regular drug screens, parent counseling groups, recreational therapy, psycho-education and weekly and bi-weekly status hearings before the judge for the juvenile and family. There is also individual counseling with the juvenile, and as needed individual counseling with family members.

Phase III and IV consist of a caseworker monitoring school and work. Drug screens will be randomly administered to determine sobriety. Also, individual and family counseling will be given as needed. Status hearings before the judge occur once per month.

In all four phases a compliance officer will make random home visits. Once the juvenile has successfully completed the program, he/she graduates and receives a certificate of completion. The juvenile is to remain on probation, but no longer attend court for one additional year (2 years total) unless other wise stated by the judge. The juvenile continues monthly visits and probation fees. The juvenile is still subject to random drug screens at the request of the judge or the probation officer. Once the probation is completed, the case is considered satisfactorily completed.

 

Juvenile Drug Court Contacts

Robert Vines, District Attorney’s Office
Courthouse Building
300 Iberia St., Suite 200
New Iberia , LA 70560
337-369-4420

Sharon Broussard, Probation Officer
Courthouse Building
300 Iberia St., Suite 200
New Iberia , LA 70560
337-369-4444

Vincent Borne , District Attorney’s Office
Courthouse Building
Franklin , LA 70538
337-828-4100 ext. 550

Sharon Broussard, Probation Officer
Courthouse Building
Franklin , LA 70538
337-828-4100 ext. 117 (Mondays)

 

Juvenile Drug Court Division

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