Office of Juvenile Justice bringing back in-person visitation at four secure care facilities

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LOUISIANA (BRPROUD) – Over the coming weeks, in-person visitation is going to return to “four secure care facilities for males.”

The secure care facilities are part of the Office of Juvenile Justice.

In-person visitation will begin over the next three weeks at the facilities listed below:

  • The Swanson Center for Youth in Monroe and the Swanson Center for Youth in Columbia will resume visitation October 23-24
  • The Acadiana Center for Youth will resume visitation the weekend of October 30-31
  • The Bridge City Center for Youth will resume the weekend of November 6-7

“The decision to resume visitation was made after careful consideration to both youth and staff safety.” said Deputy Secretary William Sommers. “We have been consulting with state and national public health information to assure that the families can come together safely.”

Social distancing and safety standards will remain in place.

Beyond that, the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice is providing these additional rules:

  • All visitation will take place in visitation areas suited for proper social distancing. All visitors must follow social distance rules put forth by the facility
  • Each youth will be limited to two (2) visitors that must be verified as family members.
    In addition to normal entry checks, all visitors must pass a temperature check and Covid-19 screening
  • Visitors and youth will be provided disposable protective face masks that must be worn at all times

The Office of Juvenile Justice will continue to watch COVID-19 cases in the facilities and in-person visitation is subject to change based on the number of cases.

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