June 19, 2018 – Calcasieu Parish Police Jury officials dug their ceremonial golden shovels into the dirt to commemorate the official groundbreaking for the new Office of Juvenile Justice Services.
The 50,000-square-foot, $20.6 million facility will be built behind the current Office of Juvenile Justice Services building at 3615 E. Prien Lake Road in Lake Charles.
Once completed, the new facility will house 38 beds total in five units, an on-site medical clinic and expanded space for mental health services and vocational-technical training. It will also feature a multi-purpose space, dayroom and a large recreation yard.
Calcasieu Parish Police Jury President Judd Bares said getting to this day has taken several years of planning.
“On behalf of the entire Calcasieu Parish Police Jury, I am extremely proud and pleased that we are breaking ground on this new facility today. This project is the culmination of many years of planning by our Office of Juvenile Justice Services and Facilities Management staffs. Our citizens can take pride in this great new facility and know that the youth of Calcasieu Parish are being served in a safe, secure, comfortable environment with rehabilitation as the primary purpose.”
“I truly believe this facility will be something to showcase who we are,” said Bill Sommers, Office of Juvenile Justice Services Director. “We are an agency deeply involved with innovative programming in an effort to keep our children from penetrating further into the criminal justice system. We are nationally recognized as a restorative agency built from the inside and now, with this new facility, visible on the outside.”
Construction will take an estimated 18 months.