NEW ORLEANS, LA (WVUE) - After years of planning, the city's juvenile court system has a new place to call home. It's near City Park in an area designed to be more storm resilient.
City justice officials were hailing it as a new day as they cut the ribbon on the new $47 million Juvenile Justice Center, and they say it could go a long way in turning around the lives of youthful offenders.
It is located on Milton Street in the St. Bernard area. The campus coordinates all the services needed to turn young lives around.
"Every service a child may need is here - the school system - everything the youth needs to have a second chance," said Chief Juvenile Court Judge Candace Anderson.
The new center adjoins the Youth Study Center, which is a detention facility for 40, and it's expected to make the system operate more efficiently than before.
"The way this building is designed, where it physically is, and how it acts in relationship with other properties, it's as much about water management as juvenile reform, and everyone is going to benefit from it," said Mayor Mitch Landrieu.
The center was paid in large part by a $31 million grant from FEMA, and an expansion is already in the works. That expansion will be designed to handle juvenile offenders who may be tried as adults.