FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Feb. 1, 2017
BOGALUSA—District Attorney Warren Montgomery’s juvenile community service program in Bogalusa benefitted recently from new safety features added to its van by the City Prosecutor’s Office.
The van is used to transport juveniles under court supervision to pick up litter throughout Bogalusa as part of the youths’ punishment. City Prosecutor David Merlin Duke financed the installation of lettering across the vehicle’s sides and most recently a caution light bar atop it to alert motorists.
The van was donated a couple of years ago by the Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center, which provides housing and other services for juveniles awaiting court dates or adjudication in five parishes. Once a vehicle in the center’s fleet reaches 100,000 miles, it is considered surplus and can no longer be used for the regular transport of juveniles to proceedings in the various parishes. The center’s board decided to donate its surplus van to the District Attorney’s juvenile program, which is supervised in Bogalusa by Mike Breland. The program’s previous van was at least 30 years old.
The public officials in the attached photo are (from left to right): David Merlin Duke, Bogalusa City Prosecutor; Tonia Deleon, Juvenile Court Clerk; City Court Judge Robert J. Black; District Attorney Warren Montgomery; Darrell Darden, Juvenile Investigator; Joseph Dominick, Executive Director, Florida Parishes Juvenile Detention Center; Mike Breland, Supervisor, Juvenile Community Service Program.