2nd Judicial District
Last updated on: February 6, 2013
J. Clay Carroll
525 East Court Avenue
Jonesboro, LA 71251
General District Information:
In the 2nd Judicial District, there are three sections of District Court and no city or specialty courts. The U.S. Census Bureau and the Annie E. Casey Foundation reported an estimated total population of 47,822 in this district, 10,425 of whom are children.
The District Defender in the 2nd Judicial District is J. Clay Carroll, who has served in the position for 9 years and has been a public defender in Louisiana for 14 years. The 2nd Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office is a contract public defenders’ office. At the end of 2102 the district reported five part-time contract attorneys in addition to the District Defender. There are no restrictions on private attorney practice outside of the Public Defenders’ Office. The District Defender supervises all staff and has a reduced caseload due to these supervisory responsibilities. The office also has one investigator.
Juvenile cases are heard by District Judges in the 2nd Judicial District. All defenders in this district handle juvenile cases.
Indigency Determination and Availability of Clients:
In the 2nd Judicial District, each assistant public defender makes the determination of indigence after review of the applicant’s financial information as provided. Adult clients are held at Claiborne Parish Detention Center, Claiborne Parish Jail, Jackson Parish Correctional Center or Bienville Parish Jail or, if held outside of the district, in facilities in Bayou Dorcheat Correctional Center (also known as Webster Detention Center), Richland Parish Detention Center, LaSalle Correctional Center or Union Parish Detention Center. Juvenile clients are held outside of the district at Ware Youth Center (Coushatta) or Green Oaks Detention Center (Monroe).
Fees and Accounting:
The 2nd Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office collects the statutory $40 application fee from clients. In 2012, 648 applications were received for services. Fees were waived for 172 applicants and were not reduced for any applicants. A total of $7,760 was collected in application fees. Courts in this district assess the statutory special cost fee in every case resulting in a conviction. In 2012, the district received $192,436 in special fees, which were collected by the Bienville, Claiborne, and Jackson Parish Sheriffs’ Offices. Courts, in conjunction with the assigned assistant public defender, may also assess partial indigence payments for services based on clients’ ability to pay. Any resulting payments are collected by the Public Defenders’ Office or the assigned probation officer.
The 2nd Judicial District Public Defenders’ Office reported handling 2,064 cases in 2012. Of those, 103 involved juvenile matters, including 31 Child in Need of Care representations.
Land Area (square miles): 569.18
Population Density (per square mile): 28.6
Non-English Spoken at Home: 1.7%
High School Completion: 78.7%
Children in Special Education: 281 (*Non-public: 0)
Bachelors Degree or Higher: 13.6%
Median Household Income: $35,359
Living Below the Poverty Line: 17.3%
Children (persons under 18): 22.8%
Child Population in Poverty: 27%
Youth under the Supervision of OJJ: 21
Link to Jackson Parish Census
Kids Count Report