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Per the request of the Louisiana Legislature, the IPHJ examined the impact of 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. This was the first in many steps towards the passage of Act 501 in 2016. The IPHJ appreciates the confidence the state places in us to perform this type of work.

Per the Juvenile Jurisdiction Planning and Implementation Act signed into law June 2016, The Louisiana Jurisdiction Planning & Implementation Council was created. The LSU Institute of Public Health is a leading member of that council. In April 2017, that council released its first implementation report to the legislature. The report, “Recommendations for the Implementation of Raising the Age of Juvenile Jurisdiction to Include 17-Year-Olds in Louisiana,” can be found HERE.