RESOLUTION NO. 1 of 2023
A RESOLUTION IN SUPPORT OF LEGISLATION TO CREATE THE ACADIANA REGIONAL JUVENILE JUSTICE DISTRICT COMPRISED OF VARIOUS PARISHES IN OR NEAR THE ACADIANA REGION; PROVIDING FOR THE EFFECTIVE DATE THEREOF; AND OTHERWISE PROVIDING WITH RESPECT THERETO.
WHEREAS, for a number of years, there has been inadequate space in local juvenile detention facilities to protect public safety through the pretrial detention of youthful repeat offenders and/or those charged with committing the most serious violent crimes, many of which involve the use of firearms and other dangerous weapons; and
WHEREAS, there are approximately 12 local juvenile detention facilities in the state, many of which do not have space available to hold pretrial youth from outside of their respective jurisdictions or will not accept such use; and
WHEREAS, Act 501 of the 2016 Regular Session of the Louisiana Legislature raised the age of juvenile jurisdiction to include seventeen (17) years old (Raise the Age Legislation), and
WHEREAS, many jurisdictions have experienced dramatic increases in serious violent crimes committed by youthful offenders with the use of firearms and other dangerous weapons since passage of the Raise the Age Legislation; and
WHEREAS, many youthful offenders committing these violent crimes with the use of firearms and other dangerous weapons must be released back into their communities because there is no available space in local juvenile detention facilities to hold them before trial thereby creating serious public safety concerns; and
WHEREAS, this problem has been made worse by the fact that the Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice (“OJJ”) recently informed judges throughout the state that it is currently unable to accept sentenced youth into state custody because the OJJ juvenile detention facilities in that state are at full capacity causing a backlog of sentenced youth to remain in local juvenile detention facilities; and
WHEREAS, public safety can best be protected in the parishes in or near the Acadiana region by creating additional local detention facility space in the parishes in or near the Acadiana region for the pretrial detention of youthful repeat offenders and/or those youth charged with committing the most serious violent crimes many of which involve the use of firearms and other dangerous weapons; and
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the Board of Aldermen City of Jeanerette hereby expresses its support of Legislation to create the Acadiana Regional Juvenile Justice District to be comprised of various interested parishes in or near the Acadiana Region.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that a copy of this Resolution be forwarded to those members of the Louisiana Legislative representing Iberia Parish.
BE IT FINALLY RESOLVED, that this Resolution shall become effective immediately upon adoption by the Board of Alderman.
On motion by Alderman Clark and second by Alderwoman Moore this Resolution having been submitted to a vote; the vote thereon was as follows:
YEAS: Alderman Clark, Alderwoman Moore, Alderman Bourgeois, Alderman Duplechain, Alderman Ward
And the Resolution was declared effective this 13 day of February, 2023.
C E R T I F I C A T E
I, Susan E. Colden, do hereby certify that the above and foregoing is a true and correct copy of a resolution adopted by the Mayor and City Council of the City of Jeanerette at a regular meeting held at City Hall, Jeanerette, Iberia Parish, Louisiana, on the 13th of February, 2023, at which meeting a quorum was present and the City Council voted unanimously in favor of the adoption thereof.
IN TESTIMONY WHEREOF, WITNESS MY HAND AND SEAL OF THE CITY OF JEANERETTE, this February 13th, 2023, at Jeanerette, Louisiana.
Susan E. Colden City Clerk
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