The Juvenile Division of the Tangipahoa Parish Sheriff's Office does more than just deal with criminal cases involving children 16 years of age or younger. This division spends quite a bit of time working to resolve problems and preventing juvenile crimes.
Working close with the Hammond City Court and the 21st Judicial District Attorney's Office the Juvenile Division seeks solutions to problems rather than immediate incarceration.
The juvenile cases that are handled by the division include arrests for status offenses, which include not obeying the rules of the home, ungovernable behavior by juveniles, leaving the home without permission, etc.
Juvenile offenders are entitled to a hearing before a judge within 72 hours of being charged. Juvenile officers are required to attend the court sessions and are also responsible for transporting the juveniles to and from court appearances and the juvenile facilities.