Institute for Public Health and Justice 
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The Institute is a policy, research, training, and technical assistance enterprise positioned at the intersection of behavioral health policy and practice, and the legal system.  Many behavioral and other health conditions have social determinants.  At the Institute, we seek to bridge the divide between prevention and treatment of behavioral health issues and the negative impacts on individuals, families, communities and the justice systems.  We stand ready to serve in partnership with local and state government, foundations, and agencies.

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Stephen Phillippi, PhD, LCSW
Director
Institute for Public Health and Justice

RAISING THE AGE OF JUVENILE JURISDICTION IN LOUISIANA- A STUDY REQUESTED BY THE LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE

THE IPHJ, PER THE REQUEST OF THE 2015 LOUISIANA LEGISLATURE IN HCR 73, ON FEBUARY 1, 2016 SUBMITTED ITS STUDY REGARDING RAISING THE AGE OF JUVENILE JURISDICTION IN LOUISIANA TO INCLUDE 17-YEAR-OLDS. THE STUDY ENTITLED, “A LEGISLATED STUDY OF RAISING THE AGE OF JUVENILE JURISDICTION IN LOUISIANA: THE FUTURE OF 17-YEAR-OLDS IN THE LOUISIANA JUSTICE SYSTEM” IS AVAILABLE HERE. THE IPHJ APPRECIATES THE CONFIDENCE THE STATE PLACES IN US TO PERFORM THIS TYPE OF WORK.

THIS STUDY WOULD NOT BE POSSIBLE WITHOUT THE PARTICIPATION OF SO MANY LOUISIANA JUSTICE LEADERS AND STAKEHOLDERS. THE IPHJ THANKS THE OFFICE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE, DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS, LOUISIANA DETENTION CENTER ADMINISTRATORS, LOCAL PROBATION ADMINISTRATORS, LOUISIANA DAs ASSOCIATION, LOUISIANA PUBLIC DEFENDER BOARD, LOUISIANA COMMISSION ON LAW ENFORCEMENT, LOUISIANA DISTRICT, CITY, AND JUVENILE JUDGES ASSOCIATIONS, LOUISIANA SUPREME COURT, LOUISIANA CENTER FOR CHILDRENS RIGHTS, SOUTHERN POVERTY LAW CENTER, LSU LAW CLINIC, AND THE MANY OTHERS THAT HAVE CONTRIBUTED TO THIS STUDY. THE IPHJ ALSO THANKS THE MACARTHUR FOUNDATION FOR FUNDING THESE EFFORTS THROUGH A GRANT MANAGED BY THE BATON ROUGE AREA FOUNDATION.

LEGISLATORS PASS RESOLUTION SEEKING LSUHSC HEALTH NEW ORLEANS EXPERTISE ON RAISING AGE OF JUVENILE JUSTICE JURISDICTION

One of the outcomes of the 2015 Regular Legislative Session will be a study evaluating the current criminal and juvenile justice systems to determine where 17-year-old youth belong.  The study will be conducted by LSUHSC Health New Orleans' Institute for Public Health and Justice.  The report and recommendations will be presented to the House Committee on February 1, 2016.