Juvenile Detention

The Caddo Parish Juvenile Detention Center is a twenty-four bed facility which houses pre and post adjudicated juveniles who are a public safety risk, at risk for failure to appear in court and/or court ordered to be to be detained.

The facility detains juveniles, both male and female, between the ages of ten to seventeen who have allegedly committed or have been adjudicated of committing a delinquent act. The charges can range from misdemeanors to serious felonies.

Certified teachers and teacher aids provide daily educational instruction for our residents. During preparation for LEAP and GEE testing, LEAP and GEE remediation and testing are also provided on site.

Each resident that remains more than seventy-two hours is screened by a mental health professional for suicidal ideation and depression. The Detention Center provides mental and physical health screening. Residents on medication continue to receive medication while detained.

The facility employs thirty-eight employees which include a Manager, Assistant Manager, Administrative Specialist, Lead Shift Supervisors, Assistant Shift Supervisors, Security Counselors, a Food Service Supervisor, a Food Service Clerk, Food Service Technicians, a JDAI Coordinator, a Data Analyst, and a Licensed Professional Counselor.

Visitation Hours:

Monday 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Wednesday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Saturday 12:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.

Visitation Rules:

The following information is to inform you of the visiting rules and policies while your child is being detained in the Caddo Parish Juvenile Detention Center. You WILL be expected to comply with these policies. Failure to comply with these rules may result in suspension or loss of visitation privileges. Juvenile Detention Visitation Rules.

Writing to your Youth:

If you wish to write to your child or send Birthday/Holiday cards, the address is:

Child’s Name
Juvenile Detention Center
1835 Spring Street
Shreveport, Louisiana 71101

Juvenile Probation Services

Youth commit crimes for different reasons than adults. While it is important to hold people accountable for their actions, it is also important to provide solutions that can prevent youth from further entering into a criminal lifestyle.

Youth can change and Juvenile Court is based on that assumption. The goal of probation is to provide community safety, accountability and treatment to all youth who fall under the supervision of Juvenile Court. Probation is there to help youth successfully fulfill court-ordered supervision and to prevent their return to the court system.

Our mission is to enhance the protection of the community by enforcing Court Orders to ensure the restoration of victims by imposing accountability for offenses committed and to equip juvenile offenders with the required competencies to live productively and responsibly in the community.

The Juvenile Probation Division is comprised of standard probation services, intensive probation and electronic monitoring services and three specialty courts (Juvenile Drug Court, Individualized Deferred Disposition “IDD” Court and Family Preservation Court).

Services Available to Juvenile Offenders

  • Probation Supervision
  • Juvenile Drug Court
  • Family Preservation Court
  • Individualized Deferred Disposition (IDD) Court
  • Mental Health Assessment Center
  • Restorative Justice Diversion Program
  • Misdemeanor and Truancy Referral Center
  • Electronic Monitoring and Intensive Supervision

Juvenile Justice Terminology

As one finds themselves trying to make their way through the Justice System, terminology can sometimes be confusing or misleading. Within the Juvenile Justice System it becomes even more confusing because the terms normally associated with the Justice System are changed to reflect a different philosophy toward juveniles. The following glossary of terms, though not exhaustive, was created to define the terms most frequently used in the Juvenile Justice System and the Juvenile Courts.


“Handbook For Parents and Guardians In Child Abuse and Neglect Cases”

Juvenile Court Visitor Information

What to Wear

When coming to court you do not need to dress up but wear nice clothing that is in good shape. Do not wear shorts, warm-up suits, tank tops, halter tops, short skirts or clothes that show your stomach area or your underwear. Do not wear pants that sag or are too big for you.


Accommodations for People with Disabilities: The Juvenile Court building and grounds meet the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). If you have a disability and believe you may need an accommodation to fully and equally participate in a particular court proceeding or activity, you may request an accommodation by completing a Request for Reasonable Accommodation form. Instructions are included with the form.

Childcare is not available at the Juvenile Court.

There is no food available except from vending machines. Food cannot be brought into the Court rooms or upstairs in the Probation area.

What to Bring

Your court order or summons: This is helpful, although not necessary. Bring $40 in cash or money order if you plan to ask for a court appointed attorney. There is a $40 application fee that everyone is required to pay.

You also may want to bring:

  • Pen/pencil and paper so that you can take notes
  • A folder to keep your court paperwork in
  • A book to read while you wait
  • Schoolwork/homework to work on while you wait
  • Change for the vending machines
What Not to Bring
  • Other than those children who need to attend court or have an appointment in the building, it is best not to bring other children when coming to Juvenile Court. Especially when coming for a court hearing, you can expect to spend time waiting and there is little for children to do while you wait. If you do bring other children with you to Juvenile Court, also bring something for them to do.
  • Do not bring weapons of any kind to the building.
  • State law with regard to smoking and the possession of tobacco is strictly enforced.
When to Appear

To find out when your child’s hearing is scheduled, you should contact or consult:

  • Date and Time of appearance is found on your subpoena, summons or letter to appear.
  • Your child’s juvenile probation officer, if your child already has a JPC; or
  • Your child’s attorney, if your child already has an attorney assigned to the case; or The Court Clerk’s Office at 226-6751.

You should plan to arrive thirty (30) minutes before your court hearing in order to speak with your attorney or court officer.

Know Your Rights

The “Know Your Rights” guide is provided by the Louisiana Public Defender Board and is intended to make you aware of your most basic rights and liberties and provide practical information for situations that often arise when people have contact with police and the courts.

View and download “Know Your Rights”.