Specialty Courts Provide Help
to Targeted Populations of Defendants.

Statistics show these courts are effective and cost-efficient.

Specialty Courts

The Specialty Courts of the 22nd Judicial District Court (JDC) are funded through the Louisiana Supreme Court, Louisiana Highway Safety Commission, as well as federal grants through the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration and The Bureau of Justice Assistance.

Each program is run by the presiding judge in the division that includes a specialty court.  Unlike many other jurisdictions across the country, our presiding judges receive referrals from all of the other judges of the 22nd JDC; therefore, all of the judges are very supportive and vested in these programs.

The programs are less expensive and much more effective than the traditional correction and supervision protocols.  It costs Louisiana tax payers $25,000 to house an inmate for one year. The cost for a client of the specialty courts is $5,000. All programs are post adjudication, and a referral must be made by the Judge at sentencing. The programs are voluntary on the part of the offender.  To graduate, candidates must meet the requirements of the program.  If a requirement is not met, sanctions are applied on a graduated basis, and in addition, all treatment resources are exhausted before a candidate is dismissed from the programs.

Contact

Shannon Hattier
Specialty Court Coordinator
(985) 809-0547 ext. 100

Felix Indest
Re-Entry Court Project Director
(985) 809-0547 ext. 106

Angela Wood
Behavioral Health Court Project Director
(985) 809-5358