Mayor Landrieu Taps Germaine Simon to Serve as New Director of Juvenile Detention

NEW ORLEANS – Today, Mayor Mitch Landrieu named Mr. Germaine Simon as the Director of Juvenile Detention for the City of New Orleans. Joining the Mayor’s Public Safety Team, Simon will be responsible for implementation of best practices for the protection of children throughout the detention process.

“Germaine Simon comes to our city with a wealth of education and institutional knowledge of the Criminal Justice System. Having served as the Assistant Commissioner for Secure Detention for the New York City Administration for Children’s Services and Deputy Director of Operations for the State of Louisiana Youth Services Office of Juvenile Justice, I am confident that Germaine is equipped to take our work even further,” said Mayor Mitch Landrieu. “With his leadership of the Youth Study Center, New Orleans’ justice-involved youth will continue to have access to the best protection and opportunities during detention.”

Beginning April 24th, Simon will lead all operations and management duties of the Youth Study Center (YSC) and continue the City’s reform of juvenile detention. Additionally, Simon will play a significant role in ensuring the success of the Travis Hill School located inside the YSC, coordinating with Juvenile Court, and overseeing the construction of the new 28-bed addition to the existing campus.

Prior to accepting this role, Simon served as the Assistant Commissioner of Secure Detention for the NYC Administration for Children Services where he was responsible for operating two facilities including Horizon Juvenile Justice Center in Bronx, NY, Crossroads Juvenile Center in Brooklyn, NY and 5 other juvenile court detention locations across New York City.

Deputy Mayor Jeff Hebert said, “We are grateful to have someone with Germaine’s experience and education to join our team. He has proven himself as a smart leader in New York City and we are confident that he will be able to help us continue our reforms.”

With over 14 years of Juvenile Justice experience, Simon has worked with the State of Louisiana Youth Services, and Community Education Centers Incorporated in Newark, New Jersey. Additionally, he is highly regarded across the country among law enforcement, children’s advocacy organizations, and juvenile justice professionals.

“I am excited to work with the City of New Orleans in this role and appreciate the opportunity Mayor Landrieu has given me to serve,” said Director of Juvenile Detention Germaine Simon. “As a native of Louisiana, I look forward to working with the justice-involved youth of New Orleans and ensuring the Youth Study Center continues to be a top-notch facility.”

Originally from New Iberia, Simon will be returning home from New York, NY. Simon received his undergraduate degree from University of Louisiana at Lafayette in 2003, served seven years as a captain in the United Stated Army, and in 2010 received his Master’s Degree in Urban Policy from the Milano School at The New School in New York.

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