Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) Extends Hours of Operation
Starting Aug. 12, center will be open seven days, 112 hours a week
The Calcasieu Parish Police Jury’s Office of Juvenile Justice Services announced on Wednesday that the Multi-Agency Resource Center (MARC) will have extended hours beginning Aug. 12.
The new hours are Sunday, 1-11 p.m.; Monday and Tuesday, 8 a.m.-2 a.m. and Wednesday-Saturday, 8 a.m.- 4 a.m.
The change will help assist local law enforcement partners tackle the issue of underage residents who violate curfew and other juvenile offenders. Law enforcement will now have a place to take offenders besides the Juvenile Detention Center.
Calcasieu District Attorney John DeRosier, Sheriff Tony Mancuso, Lake Charles Police Chief Don Dixon and Calcasieu Parish Police Jurors Tony Guillory and Dennis Scott were on hand at today’s announcement.
MARC, a collaborative effort between the Police Jury and the Calcasieu Parish Children and Youth Planning Board, is a place for area agencies and organizations to provide services, and referrals to these services, for area juveniles - all under one roof.
MARC’s goal is to divert at-risk youth, ages 6-17, from the juvenile justice system and into appropriate programs and services. The facility also reduces the length of time a juvenile must wait to have access to current community services - from several weeks to a matter of hours.
For more information on MARC, visit https://www.cppj.net/services/juvenile-justice-services.