Our Juvenile Delinquency Division handles the prosecution of all the juvenile crimes in our parish, as well as the Families in Need of Services (FINS) matters. Depending on the age of the offenders, many of these types of cases can initially be handled wihout court action by an Assistant District Attorney who makes a referral to the intake department of the Parish Office of Juvenile Justice Services. Attempts at rehabilitation are generally made by placing the offender on unsupervised probabtion or supervised probation after court action with conditions. If these attempts are not successful, or if the initial crime is of a heinous nature, then the juvenile offender can be ordered into the custody of the State Office of Juvenile Justice for placement in a non-secure setting or a secure setting in the State Department of Corrections for Juveniles. The majority of juvenile delinquency and FINS matters are confidential and closed to the public. It is also possible that juveniles who are 14 - 16 years old, who commit very serious crimes, can be transferred to the Adult Criminal Court for prosecution.
Our Juvenile Need of Care (CINC) Division handles the child abuse and neglect cases in a concentrated effort to protect children from on-going abuse and neglect, working with the State Departmetn of Children & Family Services. These cases are handled in Juvenile Court, although in more serious cases criminal charges can also be filed against the parent or guardian who perpetrated the abuse. If it is felt that the family can be rehabilitated while leaving the abused or neglected child in the home, then strict measures can be taken to assure that the child is protected in the home setting. If there is a serious threat that the child could be abused again, the child is removed from the home and placed with relatives or in foster care, while the rehabilitation process takes place. If rehabilitation is successful, the child can be returned to the home; however, if rehabilitation does not occur, the child can be freed for adoption by terminating the parental rights of the abusive parent. All Need of Care matters are confidential and closed to the public.
The Calcasieu Parish District Attorney's Office has three Assistant District Attorneys handling these juvenile cases in the three divisions of our District Court that hear family matters.