Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2023, $250,000)
The Southern University Law Center proposes to implement the Louisiana Juvenile Justice Reform Act Implementation Commission (JJRAIC) Support Initiative. The purpose is to assist the Louisiana JJRAIC in its efforts to significantly improve their juvenile justice system and reduce the risks to youths' physical and emotional safety while they are being served by the child welfare and juvenile justice serving agencies in the state. Project activities include hiring and overseeing interns/staff to provide day-to-day administrative support and infrastructure for JJRAIC meeting planning, communications, management of subcommittees, report production, and related activities; conducting community outreach; supporting and provide training and clinics to recruit, train, and re-train staff on trauma-informed juvenile justice care and programming; coordinating training for Commission members; establishing and maintaining a website and communications infrastructure for the JJRAIC; assisting in the development of strategic short- and long-term juvenile justice reform stabilization and sustainability plans; assisting in securing and analyzing viable data that will be used in decision-making. This is to ensure that the JJRAIC is able to use the data to invest in and secure resources that sustain juvenile justice best practices activities in Louisiana’s various juvenile justice serving entities.