City of New Orleans, FEMA break ground on new juvenile justice center

New Orleans, La. - Mayor Mitch Landrieu, City Officials, Judges, and FEMA broke ground Tuesday on the new, 59,000 square foot New Orleans Juvenile Justice Center situated along the Bayou St. John waterway, Encampment Street, Imperial Drive, and Interstate 610 in the St. Bernard Area neighborhood.

This new facility will serve as the permanent home for the City's secure detention facility for boys and girls younger than 18 years old and will replace the Temporary Youth Study Center that was opened in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina which destroyed the old facility.

It will also serve as the home of Orleans Parish Juvenile Court. Funding for this $32 million project comes from FEMA recovery dollars, insurance, and City bond funds.