NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - Overcrowding at New Orleans' Youth Study Center for juvenile offenders has earned the facility a citation.
A City Hall spokesman said Wednesday (April 10) that the center is licensed to handle 48 juveniles. He said two 15-year-old suspects that the center intended to move to the Orleans Parish adult jail Tuesday were not moved because a necessary court order "was not available late in the day."
As a result, there were 50 juveniles at the facility.
The state Department of Children and Family Services decided to cite the facility for the overage and request a corrective action plan, of which scheduled transfers were a part.
In a statement late this afternoon, City Hall said:
"Two fifteen-year old offenders were intended to be transferred from the Youth Study Center to the OJC yesterday. As provided for by state code and City ordinance, they were to be transferred when their cases were moved to adult Criminal Court. A needed court order was not available late in the day, however--- and the transfer was not made.
"The YSC is licensed for 48 youth, with 12 beds set aside for “transfer youth” whose cases have been moved to Adult Criminal Court. As of yesterday, there were 50 youths at the facility--- so in keeping with local ordinances, two of those who were being indicted and charged as adults were scheduled to be moved to City jail.
"The YSC has not incurred a fine, but was cited by the State Department of Children and Family Services for the overage. The State CFS requested a corrective action plan in response, and the scheduled transfers were part of that plan.
“Transferring juvenile offenders to adult facilities is never ideal, but in this instance it was determined to be a prudent and responsible measure to help balance the needs and resources available.”