Court Night Location. Pleasanton Civic Center. Important Links. Next scheduled jail tour: Every 3rd Saturday of the month Unless otherwise noted. Volunteer Opportunities.
Policing parenting: is the Family Court going to punish you for having a drink?
The mission of the Jefferson Parish Juvenile Drug Treatment Court is to reduce juvenile crime and drug use through therapeutic interventions and intensive judicial supervision of children and families thereby improving juvenile and family functioning and community safety. The Juvenile Drug Treatment Court is designed to help juveniles receive treatment to end their substance abuse, to improve their family relationships and functioning, and to stop criminal activity through intensive treatment and court supervision. The incentives of the Drug Court are treatment, both individual and family; reduced probation since the juvenile's case will be dismissed at the successful completion of the program; and the juvenile will be eligible to return to school sooner. The Jefferson Parish Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Program consists of three levels, a graduation from the program is scheduled after all levels of the program have been completed. The treatment segment of the program is based on individualized plans developed between the therapist, the client, and the family after a complete assessment of the client's and family's functioning.
The juries in Teen Court are made up of trained high school volunteers, along with defendants who have previously been required to serve jury duty as a part of their sentence. All volunteers are trained by members of the local Bar association and court personnel. In contrast to other courts, Teen Court mandates that all defendants serve as jurors from Two to Twelve evenings at future Teen Court cases. Teen Court juries recommend participation in a community service agency as part of their sentence, with a minimum of fifteen hours and a maximum of one hundred hours.
Youth courts train teenagers to handle real-life cases involving their peers, offering a restorative response to misbehavior. Youth courts use positive peer pressure to ensure that young people who have committed minor offenses pay back the community and receive the help they need to avoid further involvement in the justice system. Youth courts hear a range of low-level crimes; many handle cases that would otherwise wind up in Family Court or Criminal Court.