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Default Classifications and Institution Information

Classification–Where Inmates Serve Their Time
In General

When a court sentences an inmate to serve time “at hard labor,” that phrase
places the offender under the authority of the state. Of the 37,281 inmates assigned
to the Department on July 8, 2005, 19,583 were housed in state institutions
or contract work release facilities; 17,698 were housed in local jurisdictions.
Many in the latter group were serving their time in the parishes under
formal and informal partnership agreements with local governments.
The distribution of state inmates among state and local facilities grows out of a
“corrections coalition,” established by the Department and local authorities and
directed toward making best use of prisoner beds at the state and the local levels
so as to increase public safety, provide inmate labor to local governments,
and optimize investment of funds spent on incarceration. These agreements
work generally to assign the violent, incorrigible, special needs, and high-risk
inmates to state facilities and the less violent and lower risk inmates to local
In keeping with these mutual commitments and the need to ensure equitable
treatment of state inmates regardless of physical location, the Department and
the Louisiana Sheriffs’ Association developed a comprehensive set of Basic
Jail Guidelines, which must be adhered to by all parish prisons and local jails
as a condition of housing state inmates.

Classification Within the State System
Inmates are initially classified and assigned to a state prison based on length of
sentence, security risk, behavioral history, special medical or mental health
needs, availability of bed space, and proximity to family.
Male inmates sentenced from the northern parishes generally enter the system
through Wade Reception and Diagnostic Center (WRDC) at Martin L. Forcht,
Jr., Clinical Treatment Unit, a satellite of David Wade Correctional Center.
Male inmates sentenced from the southern parishes enter through Hunt Reception
and Diagnostic Center (HRDC) at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Death
Row inmates are transferred directly from the parish of sentencing to Louisiana
State Penitentiary at Angola. The intake process requires on average two to
three weeks; inmates awaiting bed space at Angola may remain in intake for a
much longer period.
Male inmates sentenced to life and inmates with more than thirty years to their
earliest possible release date are usually classified to Louisiana State Penitentiary.
The severity of inmates’ medical and/or mental health needs, their behavior
while incarcerated, and closeness to family also affect placement. Upon
request of State Police, inmates who meet certain classification criteria can be
transferred to the minimum security State Police Barracks north of Baton
Rouge. Inmates serving life sentences are among those housed at the Barracks.
If not otherwise prohibited by their crimes, inmates within seven years of release,
who have appropriate behavior and good work records, are eligible for
assignment to J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center, a minimum security facility
on the grounds of Camp Beauregard National Guard installation. Depending
upon their crimes and behavior, inmates may also become eligible for
placement in work release during the last six to twenty-four months of their
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) at St. Gabriel is the only
state prison for female inmates and, consequently, houses all security levels,
including inmates under sentence of death. LCIW is site of the Female Reception
and Diagnostic Center (FRDC). LCIW staff manage the records of all
female felony offenders serving prison time, whether they are housed at LCIW
or a local facility.
The term “custody level” applies to inmates. An inmate’s custody level determines
type of housing, relative freedom of movement on facility grounds, and
whether mechanical restraints are required for outside transport. There are
three custody levels–maximum, medium, and minimum. Except for C. Paul
Phelps Correctional Center and J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center, all state
institutions have designated bed space to house some number of maximum
custody inmates (in addition to those being held in administrative segregation).
The term “security level” applies to institutions and refers to the physical characteristics
of a facility’s perimeter, the type of building construction, and internal
movement controls. Accordingly, all state facilities except the minimumsecurity
Dabadie Correctional Center are categorized as multi-level security
with the percentage of maximum custody beds ranging from 39 percent at
David Wade Correctional Center and 29 percent at Louisiana State Penitentiary
to 7.5 percent at Dixon Correctional Institute.

The Institutions
Individual Snapshots

Information on the following pages describes programs and other initiatives
in the state prisons. Much of the material, however, was compiled before
Hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged infrastructure, dispersed impacted
populations throughout the United States, and threatened the state’s fiscal
One immediate result of the hurricanes’ devastation has been the long-term
displacement of local, state, and federal inmates from parish facilities in the
Greater New Orleans Area. In early November 2005 the number stood at
just over 4,500; approximately 2,100 of those were housed in state facilities
and another 2,400 in a number of local facilities outside the impacted area,
plus a federal facility in Florida.
Consequently, designations of a state prison’s “Operational Capacity” reflect
the “old normal.” The “new normal” is still being defined and will
evolve as does the ability of local jurisdictions to reestablish safe correctional
operations and provide access to the support structures and services
that underlie them (e.g., adequate staff housing and emergency medical care
for residents, including inmates). For now, suffice it to say, almost all state
prisons are operating above earlier established caps.
The numbers are coming down slowly, as inmates reach their release dates,
are released by the courts, or are returned to the areas from which they were
The missions of some institutions are, at least temporarily, broader. For example,
Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola is a facility for males. Currently,
however, it is also site of a camp for female offenders evacuated from
Orleans and Jefferson.
In addition to the usual population of sentenced felons at Louisiana Correctional
Institute for Women and Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, administrators
and staff there are also managing “arrestees”: persons arrested in Jefferson,
Orleans, and St. Bernard Parishes since Hurricane Katrina passed. Law
breakers are booked locally and transported to the state facilities pending
further action by justice system authorities. By early December that number
had reached 596.
Described on the following pages is the solid base from which the Department
will continue to operate as we respond to a rapidly changed reality. Our
operations have been impacted significantly; our commitment to make all
decisions based on a concern for public safety and well-being is unchanged.

3751 Lauderdale Woodyard Road
Kinder, LA 70648 (337) 639-2943
Warden: Terry Terrell
Opened: 1990

Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1993
ALC houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 1461

Education at ALC:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education, GED preparation and GED study for
maximum custody inmates.
Vocational Training includes Culinary Arts, Computerized Office
Practices, Upholstery, and Cabinet Making.
During FY 2004-05, 12 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
74 students completed Adult Basic Education, 47 earned a GED, and 97 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.
Program notes:
ALC is publically owned and privately managed by The GEO Group, Inc.
ALC officers help maintain the secure ward at the Huey P. Long Regional
Medical Center in Pineville, where inmates are transported for scheduled appointments
with medical specialists.

ALC offers Commitment to Change, an eleven-week program that “acts like a
mirror.” Inmates first learn to identify errors in other people’s thinking and the
consequences of those errors. Then participants begin to apply their insights to
themselves. The program offers inmates believable models: persons whose life
experiences resemble their own struggle to change.

In addition to offering basic substance abuse education and prevention opportunities,
ALC collaborates in the “District Attorney’s Drug Abuse
Pre-Intervention Program” for first-time youthful offenders and the “District
Attorney’s Intervention Rap Session” for older offenders on the verge of imprisonment.
In both programs carefully selected inmate peer trainers talk about
the things offenders can face in prison.

ALC has developed an Incentive/Awards program to recognize inmates for
completion of certain course offerings and group activities, progressive sobriety,
and other significant accomplishments.
Other inmate programming includes anger management, sex offender treatment,
group therapy, Character Counts, pre-release preparation/life skills,
BARA (Being a Responsible Adult), Nurturing Fathers, Stress Management,
and HIV/AIDS awareness classes.

1630 Prison Road
Cottonport, LA 71327 (318) 876-2891
Warden: Lynn Cooper
Opened: 1989

Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1992
AVC houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 1474

Education at AVC:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
Vocational Training includes Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Collision
Repair, Automotive Technology, Diesel Technology, and Computer
Inmates may also register for college correspondence courses at
their own expense.
During FY 2004-05, 94 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
95 students completed Adult Basic Education, 34 earned a GED, and 129 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Program notes:
AVC’s Juvenile Awareness Program was developed at the request of area
schools and churches as a way to encourage youth to consider the consequences
of alcohol and drug abuse and criminal behavior and to reevaluate bad
situations while change is still possible. The message is communicated primarily
with skits performed by carefully selected inmates, who have been offered
the opportunity to serve the community by serving its youth. A perimeter bus
tour and a walking tour of a medium custody housing area are also part of the

C.E.R.T. (Citizens Emergency Response Team) is another reflection of AVC’s
commitment to surrounding communities. The teams consist of area residents
who have agreed to be telephoned in the event of an escape from the prison
and to pass the information to their neighbors. Team members are acknowledged
annually with a luncheon and a facility tour. (The program is precautionary:
AVC has never had an escape.)

Every Easter and Christmas AVC’s inmate organizations–the Jaycees, the
Amateur Officials Club, the Boxing Club, and Toastmasters–buy gifts for disadvantaged
children in the Cottonport area. These clubs have made contributions
in support of the elderly, the American Cancer Society, and back-toschool
drives soliciting school supplies and clothes.

AVC’s Bike Program is a collaborative effort with the Marksville Police Department
and the Marksville Chamber of Commerce. Old bicycles and bicycle
parts are sent to AVC. Inmates rebuild the damaged bikes and return them for
donation to disadvantaged children in the community.

AVC’s Brogan Shop developed when the cost of inmate brogans almost doubled.
To help save state dollars, AVC began “recycling” worn footwear. AVC
purchases shoe parts, and inmates reconstruct or repair old boots, converting
them into footwear that is good looking and comfortable.

Under direct staff supervision, AVC inmates are trained and certified by the
Alexandria chapter of the American Red Cross to provide HIV/AIDS and
hepatitis education and counseling to the inmate population. Peer counselors,
housed throughout the prison, handle new-inmate orientation and participate in
prerelease preparation.

AVC’s Youthful Offender program enables staff to assess and develop programming
to meet the special educational, vocational, and social needs of inmates
who are not yet twenty years of age.

Also available to inmates are smoking cessation classes, bereavement counseling,
anger management, and AIDS counseling.

Inmates with excellent work and conduct records are eligible for outdoor picnic
visits with up to four visitors. Visitors may bring in food and beverages
from approved local vendors to prepare and eat with the inmate at the picnic

The Inmate Welfare Committee consists of inmate leaders who serve as liaison
between the inmate population and the AVC administration. The group meets
monthly to discuss issues and determine which will be presented to the administration
for consideration. Once each quarter, the Warden, his administrative
staff, and department heads attend these meetings to provide inmates an opportunity
to ask questions and receive immediate feedback.

670 Bell Hill Road
Homer, LA 71040 (318) 927-0400
Warden: Venetia Michael
Opened: 1980

Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1992
DWCC houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 1710

Education at DWCC (satellite units included):

Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
Vocational Training includes Air Conditioning and Refrigeration,
Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Horticulture, and Welding.

During FY 2004-05, 40 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
57 students completed Adult Basic Education, 64 earned a GED, and 163 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Special units:
The N-5 Special Management Unit (the “Protection Unit”) is a cellblock
housing 50 inmates, a mix of former correctional officers and
policemen, notorious offenders, and very young lifers. It offers a microcosm
of regular institutional programming but is wholly separate
from all other areas of the prison.

The Dr. Martin L. Forcht, Jr., Clinical Treatment Unit (FWCC) is a
satellite facility located in the old Caddo Correctional Center near
Shreveport. The 572-bed facility houses aged and infirm offenders
from throughout the system and is also site of the north Louisiana
IMPACT unit and the Wade Reception and Diagnostic Center
(WRDC). Expansions currently underway will add a 50-bed skilled
nursing unit and a new 80-bed dorm for IMPACT.

The Steve Hoyle Rehabilitation Center (SHRC), a satellite facility in
Tallulah, has a capacity of 260 inmates. The unit is organized as a
therapeutic community to house and treat offenders with multiple
DWI convictions or other substance abuse histories. The intensive
12- to 24-month treatment program consists of multiple phases promoting
behavior modification supported by reintegration, relapse prevention,
and aftercare services.

Program notes:
DWCC security manages an eleven-bed prison ward at E. A. Conway Hospital
in Monroe for state and parish jail inmates.
DWCC’s Chase Team assists area law enforcement agencies by making available
its bloodhounds and a certified drug detection dog. The Warden J. O.
Whittington Firing Range, built by joint effort of DWCC and the Claiborne
Parish Sheriff’s Office, is used for firearms training for DWCC officers and
area law enforcement.

Staff from FWCC and Shreveport Probation and Parole District arrange
monthly aftercare meetings for IMPACT graduates. Meetings include representatives
from the faith-based community, job providers, and health care advocates,
as well as staff from the institution and the probation and parole district.
Inmate clubs are involved with crime prevention and service to the community
both outside and inside the prison. Inmate speaker groups perform skits and
talk with children from area schools, alternative schools, and juvenile group
homes about making the right choices in life, saying “NO” to drugs and alcohol,
and staying in school.

In recognition of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week inmate organizations
helped refurbish Homer City Park, planting trees and building picnic tables and
park benches.

DWCC’s Helper Group consists of about twenty inmates, trained through
Philadelphia House and the American Red Cross to be peer counselors regarding
HIV/AIDS and other infectious diseases. Members of the group speak at
new inmate orientation, offer one-on-one counseling, and host annual seminars
with health care experts to provide current and accurate information and education
regarding HIV and AIDS.

Over the last five years DWCC’s Human Relations Club has raised $2500 to
benefit Habitat for Humanity through its annual fund raiser/walk-a-thon. Since
1999 inmates in the vocational carpentry class have helped to build twelve
homes for Webster Habitat for Humanity.

Each month the Lifer’s Organization assembles activity booklets for children
who visit. Based on the six pillars of Character Counts, the books encourage
positive interaction between children and the relatives they visit.

The DWCC and FWCC Vets Incarcerated II organizations promote, govern,
and maintain the Literacy Program, which has helped more than 900 inmates
increase basic reading skills during their spare time. About 25 percent of program
participants advance to the ABE/GED program. The FWCC chapter
makes an annual donation to the Veterans’ Hospital Fund for the Homeless.
DWCC’s AA/NA program collects soft drink tabs, which are donated to St.
Jude Children’s Research Hospital, to generate funds to assist with the costs
families face while children are being treated at St. Jude.

The Kisatchie Jaycees, an institutional chapter of the U. S. Junior Chamber of
Commerce, has a history of community service that includes food drives, charity
fund raisers, park clean-ups, and support of programs for youth and the elderly.
In 2004 the chapter surpassed the $20,000 milestone for money raised to
benefit children with Muscular Dystrophy. In 1998 the chapter received the
Curtis Miller Memorial Award as best overall chapter in Louisiana, an award
never before won by an institutional chapter. The group has also been honored
as the top state and national institutional chapter on ten occasions.

The FWCC Toy Project began sixteen years ago as a community service project
at DWCC. FWCC began assisting in 1999 and is now site of a collaborative
effort involving community social service agencies, local businesses, and
inmates who make wooden toys year round for distribution to children.
DWCC partners with the Ark-La-Tex Alternatives to Violence Program to
offer an intensive workshop to teach conflict resolution techniques.


P. O. Box 788
Jackson, LA 70748 (225) 634-1200
Warden: James M. LeBlanc
Opened: 1976
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1993
DCI houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 1340

Education at DCI:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
Vocational Training includes Electronics, Auto Mechanics, Auto
Body and Fender Repair, Wakefield Meat Distribution Plant, and

During FY 2004-05, 69 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
20 students completed Adult Basic Education, 41 earned a GED, and 124 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Special units:
The Dialysis Unit houses all male inmates in the state system who
require care and treatment for end-stage renal disease. A dialysis
clinic inside the secure perimeter serves these inmates, state inmates
housed in local jails, and females from Louisiana Correctional Institute
for Women. This capability decreases security risks to the general
public inherent in the transportation of inmates to “free world”
dialysis treatment.

A Faith- and Character-Based Dorm (FCBD) became available to
inmates of all faith groups during FY 04-05. The FCBD program
embraced a range of religious traditions and values and sought to facilitate
institutional adjustment, rehabilitation, community reintegration,
and reduction of recidivism by building on that foundation. The
FCBD closed following Hurricane Katrina because programming
space was needed to house additional inmates. The hope is to reinstate
the program, probably on a smaller scale, some time in 2006.

The Youthful Offender Program is housed in a 60-bed dorm. The 12-
month program targets male offenders aged 19 years and younger
with fewer than five years until earliest possible release and offenders
aged 16 and under, regardless of sentence length. Staff assess educational
needs, promote and encourage responsible behavior, and provide
opportunities for self improvement through programs like substance
abuse, parenting skills, and anger management. Housing
young offenders apart from general population creates an environment
where they can more easily develop self-esteem, self discipline, positive
attitudes, and the cognitive skills necessary to reenter the community

The Bill Carville Training Facility opened June 2004 as the site for
DCI’s correctional officer training academy. New hires undergo an
initial 40-hour orientation before beginning the 80-hour training academy
program, which includes topics such as officer survival, restorative
justice, social and cultural lifestyles of inmates, domestic violence
awareness, counseling techniques, and firearms qualification.

Program notes:

DCI officers manage the secure ward at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton Rouge.
DCI is part of the Department’s Serious/Violent Offender Reentry Initiative
(SVORI) pilot, created to support and enhance reentry programming in the
institutions and after release to supervision. It targets offenders between the
ages of 18 and 35 who have been convicted of serious and/or violent offenses
and will release on Good Time Parole Supervision to the greater New Orleans
area. Funding for this pilot will end in the spring of 2006. Information gained
during its three years will inform reentry programming statewide.

Reentry-specific programming offered at DCI in support of SVORI includes
(1) an annual community resource fair to help connect releasing offenders to
available community resources, (2) quarterly visits from the Office of Motor
Vehicles Mobile Unit to issue state identification cards to releasing offenders
(and drivers’ license renewal for employees), (3) portfolios containing resumes,
certificates of accomplishments, identification cards, and a list of relevant
community resources, and (4) discharge assessments for the Division of
Probation and Parole depicting an offender’s accomplishments and areas of

Inmates assigned to DCI’s Janitorial Service Program provide services for
about two million square feet in 14 state buildings and maintain 140 acres of
grounds in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. The crews, working under
contractual agreements, create a savings for the state of between $2.4 and $5.3
million each year.

DCI provides security and inmate workers for the Food Processing and Distribution
Center at Wakefield, which processes about 80 percent of all beef and
pork consumed by the Department’s inmates. Costs are reduced as beef, pork,
poultry, and fish are purchased in bulk and distributed to other state facilities.
DCI works with Prison Enterprises and the state’s Office of Tourism to process
envelopes and mail out Louisiana tourism pamphlets. At the Prison Enterprises
embroidery operation, DCI inmates embroider shirts, hats, and uniform
patches for agencies across the state.

PRIDE (Prisoner Rehabilitation through Integrity, Discipline, and Education)
is an organization for inmates who demonstrate good citizenship, good moral
character, and good conduct. PRIDE membership requires inmates to be one
year without a disciplinary write-up and affords them extra privileges such as
extended visiting hours and television and recreation room hours and attendance
at special institutional events.

The DCI chapter of Veterans Incarcerated, open to any inmate who has served
in the U.S. armed forces, provides services for veterans, raises funds for charitable
causes, and strives to improve the public’s perception of the incarcerated
veteran. The Quad Area Community Action Agency, a federally funded program
designed to assist incarcerated veterans, offers assistance with reentry
issues such as job skills, employment, transportation, and housing.

The inmate Jaycees man the “Children’s Corner,” instituted in cooperation
with Catholic Community Services and C.U.R.E. (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation
of Errants) to provide books and coloring materials for children
who visit inmates.

DCI has a leadership role in the Department’s Prison Ministry Task Force, a
group comprised of agency staff and members of the faith-based community
outside the gates. The task force seeks to create a network of faith-based service
providers to focus on pre-release preparation, reentry issues, and mentoring.
DCI established a cemetery on the grounds of East Louisiana State Hospital to
provide decent, denomination-specific religious burials for destitute offenders.

P. O. Box 174
St. Gabriel, LA 70776 (225) 642-3306
Warden: Cornel Hubert
Opened: 1979
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1993
EHCC houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 2089

Education at EHCC:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education, GED preparation, ACT Exam Preparation,
College Correspondence Courses, and Employability/Job
Search Skills.

Vocational Training includes Air Conditioning and Refrigeration,
Automotive Technology, Carpentry, Computer Specialist Training,
Culinary Arts/Serv-Safe, Outdoor Power Equipment Technology, and

During FY 2004-05, 41 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
382 students completed Adult Basic Education, 82 earned a GED, and 456
vocational certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Special units:
The Hunt Reception and Diagnostic Center (HRDC) handles intake
and classification for males entering the state system from the southern
half of the state.

A special section in HRDC performs time computation and classification
functions–including transfers–for males sentenced from parishes
in the southern part of the state and manages the files of state inmates
housed in State Police Barracks and in parish facilities, local jails, and
work release centers in the southern half of the state as well as those
sent from southern parishes to out-of-state jurisdictions.

IMPACT (Intensive Motivational Program of Alternative Correctional
was established at EHCC in 1987. Often referred to as
“the boot camp program,” it consists of a minimum of 180 days in a
highly regimented, tightly structured treatment program operating
within a military model and is followed by a period of intensive parole
supervision. The IMPACT dormitory can accommodate up to 200
inmates. IMPACT inmates are a highly visible part of EHCC’s public
service effort. IMPACT was recognized in 1998 as an ACA “Best

The Hunt Special Unit (HSU) houses inmates with acute mental
health problems.

EHCC continues to operate a unit for post-Katrina arrestees from Jefferson,
Orleans, and St. Bernard Parishes.

Program notes:
EHCC is equipped to house male inmates with serious or chronic mental
health/medical problems and those requiring protective custody. EHCC has a
disciplinary adjustment program for maximum custody inmates and a behavioral
adjustment program for inmates with co-existing disciplinary and mental
health issues.

EHCC conducts an HIV peer counseling program for inmates entering the system
through HRDC and offers a Hospice program wherein inmates are trained
to work under staff supervision with other, terminally ill inmates and their

EHCC officers provide security staffing, maintenance, and other support for
the Headquarters compound in Baton Rouge.

EHCC circulates a monthly employee newsletter (the Elayn Hunt Correctional
Center News) to promote communication among staff at all levels.

EHCC offers “Keeping Kids from Incarceration” tours as a means of educating
at-risk juveniles about prison life and provides additional educational tours for
other school and youth groups.

For eleven years in a row EHCC has won the Most Outstanding Governmental
Agency Award from Our Lady of the Lake Regional Medical Center Blood
Bank. Every year staff donate generously to the Capital Area United Way.

1453 15th Street
Pineville, LA 71360 (318) 640-0351
Warden: T. W. Thompson
Opened: 1970
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1992
DCC houses Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 500

Education at DCC:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education, SSD #1 and GED preparation.
Vocational training includes horticulture through the Youthful Offender
Grant program.

During FY 2004-05, 39 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
192 students completed Adult Basic Education, 54 earned a GED, and 61 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Program notes:
DCC (previously Work Training Facility North) is a minimum custody facility
adjacent to the Louisiana National Guard base at Camp Beauregard in Pineville.
About 200 inmates work to maintain the physical plant and support other
operations of the Guard. Other inmates perform work for about a dozen other
federal, state, parish, and local public agencies.

DCC is the Department’s transportation hub for transfers between the northern
and southern regions of the state. Every Monday hundreds of inmates are
processed through the gates, headed to or from the Wade Reception and Diagnostic
Center in Keithville and the Hunt Reception and Diagnostic Center in
St. Gabriel and from local facilities to one of the two reception centers. During
calendar 2004 more than 2900 inmates moved through the hub.
DCC is one of two regular Parole Board video conference sites. Using DCC’s
video conferencing capabilities, a panel of the board sits on site to conduct
hearings with inmates at other videoconference sites in prisons throughout the

DCC officers help maintain the secure ward in the Huey P. Long Regional
Medical Center in Pineville, where inmates are sent for scheduled appointments
with medical specialists.

Two 85-bed honor dorms are available as an incentive for inmates to improve
behavior and maintain exemplary conduct and work records. Honor dorm residents
are allowed added privileges, such as access to outdoor cooking and picnic
facilities with approved visitors and first access to meals and other activities.
Upon request of the community, carefully selected inmates, accompanied by
staff, are allowed to speak to youth groups in schools and churches. They also
participate in the annual Boy Scouts of America Drug Seminar. Comments are
directed toward impressing upon youth the possible consequences of alcohol
and drug use and abuse.

An Inmate Welfare Council, composed of selected inmates representing various
inmate interests, meets monthly with staff to discuss inmate issues and
recommend ways in which Inmate Welfare monies should be spent.


P. O. Box 26
St. Gabriel, LA 70776 (225) 642-5529
Warden: Johnnie W. Jones
Opened: 1961
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1993
LCIW houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 1020

Education at LCIW:

Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
Vocational Training includes Information Systems Technology, Custom
Sewing, Upholstery, Culinary Arts, and Horticulture.

During FY 2004-05, 75 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
28 students completed Adult Basic Education, 77 vocational certificates/
diplomas were awarded. (LCIW did not have access to a GED Administrator
during FY 2004-05.)

Special units:
Because LCIW is the only state prison for females, the institution has
designated space for new offender intake, Death Row, IMPACT (boot
camp), and residential substance abuse treatment.

IMPACT participants at LCIW live together on a wing at the prison
and are transported daily to the IMPACT unit at EHCC.

LCIW offers a twelve-week program of professionally facilitated education
and therapy groups for inmates identified with significant
chemical dependency issues. They are recommended as participants
following admission and again prior to release.

LCIW’s Faith- and Character-Based Dormitory program offers residents
with good behavior records the possibility of living together in a
designated portion of one dorm with special programming and oneon-
one mentoring. The program cycle is six months. Participants
who successfully complete it are assigned to other units on the compound
to live as positive role models and to help other residents explore
and work the chapters of The Purpose Driven Life.

LCIW continues to operate a unit for post-Katrina arrestees from Jefferson,
Orleans, and St. Bernard Parishes.

Program notes:
LCIW provides security for females in wards at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton

Kairos is an important component of religious programming for many residents
at LCIW. Twice a year, under the coordination of the chaplain, volunteers from
different religious organizations lead a four-day retreat on institutional
grounds. These events are supported by monthly Kairos reunions and weekly
prayer sessions.

LCIW offers the Program for Caring Parents, initiated as a way to create meaningful
interaction between children and their incarcerated mothers or grandmothers.
Medium and minimum custody inmates who qualify for the program
receive extended visiting hours and the opportunity for their children (ages 10
and younger) to be on institutional grounds for a total of eight hours over a

A Children’s Christmas Extravaganza is held annually for inmates’ children
(10 years old or younger). Each year at Easter, there is a Children’s Day celebration,
which again opens the facility to inmates’ children ten and younger.

Every year LCIW employees sponsor “Ladies Day,” which features games,
food, dancing, and other activities for inmates.

Staff and inmates join to host an annual Christmas party for residents of the
Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired.

Alcoholics Anonymous/12 Step, Narcotics Anonymous/12 Step, AL-ANON,
and Survivors of Domestic Violence groups are facilitated by volunteers after
regular work hours each week. A Sexual Trauma Resolution therapy group is
also available, and inmates can participate in a volunteer-directed drama club.

General Delivery
Angola, LA 70712 (225) 655-4411
Warden: Burl Cain
Opened: 1901
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1994
LSP houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 5108

Education at LSP:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
Vocational Training includes Welding, Carpentry, Culinary Arts,
Graphic Arts, and Horticulture.

Angola Bible College
: established in 1995 with the help of the Judson
Association of the Louisiana Southern Baptists as an extension of the
accredited New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; offers
two-year and four-year degrees, with the goal of further educating
leaders and pastors among the inmate population. (Warden Cain often
travels to other states to support and advise regarding faith-based,
private donation educational opportunities for inmates.)

On-the-job-training: Through their work assignments, inmates learn a
number of skills, including food preparation, welding, plumbing, carpentry,
masonry, air conditioning and refrigeration, small engine repair,
body and fender work, laundry operations, husbandry, and hospital
orderly skills.

During FY 2004-05, 105 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
0 students completed Adult Basic Education, 46 earned a GED, and 76 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Special units:
Death Row houses inmates sentenced by the courts to die by lethal
injection. More than 80 inmates are presently on death row.

The R. E. Barrow Treatment Center is a fully staffed medical facility;
its treatment capacity is enhanced through telemedicine.

The David C. Knapps Training Academy is Basic Training site for
many of the new correctional officers in the state system and for Angola’s
own extensive in-service training program.

Program notes:
The 18,000 acre Louisiana State Penitentiary is home to more than 5000 inmates,
most sentenced to life. The average length of sentence for an Angola
inmate (with life calculated at 99 years) is 88 years. An estimated 95 percent
of the population is likely never to be released.

The majority of inmates at Angola do not live in cell blocks but in dormitories.
Enabling inmates of all ages and with long sentences to live this way encourages
cooperation and healthy peer relationships.

Once known as “the bloodiest prison in America,” Angola now offers programs
and services that emphasize and encourage “moral rehabilitation,” a
shift from selfish behavior to demonstration of care and compassion for others.
The prison’s forty inmate organizations sell food concessions at approved
events then donate funds to missionaries and contribute to prison-related
causes like purchase of funeral wreaths for graves, advertisements for clemency
application notices for indigent offenders, and recreational equipment.

Graduates of the Angola Bible College are assigned as inmate ministers and
some have received status reductions to allow their transfer to other state prisons
as inmate missionaries working under the supervision of the prison’s chaplain.

Inmates with limited duty statuses are trained in suicide prevention and assigned
to tier walker positions in cell block areas. Other inmates receive CPR
training as a way of supporting and extending the reach of the prison’s health
care workers, buying time until EMTs arrive.

LSP offers a certified Hospice, which the National Prison Hospice Foundation
has cited as a model. Inmates serve as Hospice volunteers, working with interdisciplinary
prison staff to provide dignified end-of-life care to other inmates
with less than six months to live.

If an inmate’s family is unable to transport him for burial, he is buried in Angola’s
Point Look Out Cemetery. Ceremonies are formal and dignified; inmates
who have known the deceased are included in the wake and funeral services.

New programs offer inmates additional opportunities to positively and safely
affect society from behind bars: Victim-Offender Dialogue (a victim-initiated
process that enables offenders to meet directly with persons they have injured),
Wheels for the World (inmates repair wheel chairs for third world countries),
One Day with Dad (inmates visit with their children in a less restrictive setting
than is usually available), and Pathways to Hope (inmates train service dogs
for persons with disabilities).

KLSP, an FCC-licensed radio station on prison grounds and a Moody Broadcasting
affiliate, offers 24-hour religious programming.

Six issues of The Angolite news magazine are published annually by Angola
inmates .

The Angola Rodeo, held every Sunday in October and one week end in April,
brings thousands of visitors to the penitentiary.

The Louisiana State Penitentiary Museum, located just outside the prison’s
main gate, offers artifacts and displays portraying the prison’s past and its evolution
into the present.

Angola is home to more than 600 “free people,” representing the prison’s
emergency response personnel and their families. Staff have access to ball
fields, a tennis court, a swimming pool, a walking track, and a nine-hole public
golf course named Prison View.


P. O. Box 1056
DeQuincy, LA 70633 (337) 786-7963
Acting Warden: Bobby Tanner
Opened: 1958
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1994
PCC houses Medium and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 860

Education at PCC:
Literacy, Special Education, Adult Basic Education and GED

Vocational Training includes Welding, Automotive Technology, Collision
Repair, and Industrial Sewing.

During FY 2004-05, 9 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program, 0
students completed Adult Basic Education, 20 earned a GED, and 27 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Program notes:
PCC is the second oldest state prison facility in Louisiana.
Since PCC’s chapel opened in December 2001, approximately 400 volunteers
from 41 organizations regularly come into the prison to minister to all faiths.
Religious programs are available every night of the week; most months see two
or three revivals. Some volunteers arrive early for services to visit informally
with inmates. Many donate religious materials. The Gideons donate bibles.
The chaplain’s office offers a wide range of faith-based study programs, including
the 40 Days of Purpose, Knowing and Doing the Will of God, and
Making Peace with Your Past.

The PCC Automotive Program is recognized as a certified testing site for ASC
(Automotive Service Excellence), a certification that enhances inmates’ ability
to be employed as mechanics upon their release from prison. The course instructor
from Sowela Technical College works closely with prison classification
staff to set up testing.

PCC’s Becoming a Responsible Adult (BARA) is an in-depth, 14-week training
program, conducted by the Southwest Louisiana AIDS Council to help
prevent sexually transmitted diseases and promote responsible sexual behavior.
Some inmates are trained as HIV Peer Facilitators and enhance program impact
by making presentations during new-inmate orientation, pre-release preparation,
and events sponsored by inmate organizations. Ongoing education helps
facilitators keep their knowledge current.

PCC conducts two clinics through the Department’s Telemedicine Program: a
monthly HIV clinic with W. O. Moss Regional Medical Center and a dermatology
clinic, as needed, with LSU Medical Center. Telemedicine also enables
PCC nurses to get quality training and Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
while remaining on the job site.

As directed by House Resolution 137 of 2004, PCC piloted a program designed
to evaluate the impact of canteen food restrictions on insulin-dependent
diabetics. Within the first week blood sugar among the experimental group ran
lower and, for some, within normal ranges. Over time weight loss was noted.
The pilot was judged a success: inmates learned they could control their disease
and were also helped to understand the link between that control, better
health, and a longer life.

PCC offers a program called Boyz to Men, which seeks to engage young offenders
entering the prison system and involve them in positive programming
with peer support before they become institutionalized.

PCC developed the CALL (Computer Assisted Learning Lessons) program in
August 2004. It utilizes a network of fifteen computers equipped with educational
software, which helps students acquire and increase skills needed to
achieve a GED. Progress toward the achievement of the GED is assessed by
quarterly administration of the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE).
Inmate involvement in the community is encouraged. Selected inmates are
allowed to speak to community and college groups concerning drugs and alcohol
use and to assist annually with the Railroad Days Festival in DeQuincy and
other special community projects.

The PCC Jaycees are Partners in Education with Singer High School. The
group participates in the “Adopt a Highway” program and keeps up the highway
between the school and the prison. Annually, since 1998, the Jaycees have
donated a $100 scholarshipfor a graduating senior. The Jaycees also collect
toys for inmates’ children who visit during the Christmas holidays and collect
canned goods for community programs in the area. The American Red Cross in
Lake Charles has called on the club for assistance during emergencies.

An Honor Cottage, located in one of the original dormitories of the prison,
houses inmates who earn special privileges and individual rooms by good conduct
and good work records.

27268 Highway 21
Angie, LA 70426 (985) 986-5000
Acting Warden: Jim Rogers
Opened: 1983
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1993
WCI houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 1066

Education at WCI:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education/GED preparation, and Job Skills
Education Program (JSEP).

Vocational Training includes Auto Mechanics and Welding.
During FY 2004-05, 96 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
11 students completed Adult Basic Education, 38 earned a GED, and 96 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Program notes:
Specially trained WCI officers and their dogs assist local law enforcement in
searching for escaped fugitives and lost persons and conduct contraband
searches in parish jails and area schools. They provide security and crowd control
for public events like the Bogalusa and New Orleans Mardi Gras parades,
the Sugar Bowl and Super Bowl, and the Washington Parish Free Fair.

Inmate work crews from WCI help string lights for Bogalusa’s Cassidy Park
Christmas display; perform year-round maintenance, repairs, and construction
at the Washington Parish Fair Grounds in Franklinton; perform landscaping
and grounds keeping on city property in Bogalusa; prepare the site of the area
Campfire Council’s summer camp; and perform construction and maintenance
projects at the Louisiana Technical College, Sullivan Campus.

Grant monies allow WCI to offer a small engine repair class, which meets on
Saturdays and includes testing for national certification. The River Parish
Community College extension program enables qualified offenders to work
toward an Associate Degree with a concentration in either business or religion.
To earn a degree, students must complete 64 credit hours; all classes are transferrable
to other Louisiana state institutions of higher learning.

Other special educational opportunities include a law class, offered on Saturdays
to train prospective inmate legal counsels and to help inmates better understand
their own legal work; a 13-week, 26-session faith-based education
course, which helps inmates apply biblical teachings to daily life; and a job
skills training class, designed to remediate academic deficiencies and help
those nearing release with skills like resume writing and job interviews.
Two or three activities are held every night for different faith-based groups;
weekly some of the prison’s more than 800 approved volunteers visit down the
walk, offering prayers and encouragement, especially for inmates on cell confinement.

Understanding that children of incarcerated parents often suffer low selfesteem
linked to uncertainty surrounding the incarcerated parent’s love, WCI
created “One Day with God,” a program enabling fathers and children to spend
a day together at the prison–having fun, worshiping, and getting to know one
another better. The children leave, reassured of their fathers’ love and holding
memories that sustain them (and their fathers) in lonely times.

“Project Angel Tree,” sponsored by Prison Fellowship and supported by local
churches, provides Christmas gifts for the children of inmates. Inmates complete
a request form with their children’s names and addresses; the children are
“adopted” by local congregations.

Other special inmate programs are offered at WCI. Crimeoholics helps inmates
combat the likelihood of return to prison by teaching self-awareness and life
styles that offer an alternative to crime. The Impulse Control Program is offered
inmates in the Working Cellblock to assist them in finding alternatives to
violence and anger as responses to high stress situations.

Inmate peer educators, trained by the American Red Cross, provide information
about HIV/AIDS and other sexually transmitted diseases to the population.
The Compassionate Care Program provides dying inmates support and services
similar to those provided by hospice. Trained inmate volunteers make bedside
visits and assist with reading, writing letters, and basic activities of daily living.
A “Children’s Corner” in the facility’s visiting room enables inmates to interact
more intimately with their children. The carpeted area features small tables
and chairs and walls adorned with popular cartoon characters. Books are available
for inmates to read to the children who visit them.

WCI’s Jaycees, Toastmasters, and Vets Incarcerated group regularly raise
money for nonprofit organizations and facility activities. The Toastmasters are
currently implementing a Culinary Class at the prison. Vets Incarcerated donated
colors and coloring books to children who visited during the Christmas
holidays and Christmas cards for inmates to send to family and friends. The
club sometimes pays for weekend movie rentals and provided silk flowers for
mothers who visited on the weekend of Mother’s Day.


Gum Springs Road
Highway 560, Box 1260
Winnfield, LA 71483-1260 (318) 628-3971
Warden: Timothy D. Wilkinson
Opened: 1990
Originally accredited by American Correctional Association: 1991
WNC houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Operational capacity in 2005: 1461

Education at WNC:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education, ESL (English as second language),
and GED preparation.

Vocational Training includes Auto Body Repair, Basic Auto Services,
Computerized Informational Practice, Culinary Arts, Heating-
Ventilation and Air Conditioning, Horticulture, Printing Operations,
and Janitorial and Sanitation Services.

Project Metamorphosis materials are taught for about an hour and
a half each Wednesday in all academic and vo-tech classes.
During FY 2004-05, 26 literacy students advanced to the ABE/GED program,
60 students completed Adult Basic Education, 71 earned a GED, and 230 vocational
certificates/diplomas were awarded.

Program notes:
WNC, managed by Corrections Corporation of America, was the first privately
managed prison in Louisiana and the first privately managed medium-security
prison in the United States.

WNC is site of the state’s only Prison Industry Enhancement (PIE) program in
which inmates work for actual wages in a garment factory at the prison producing
consumer safety apparel.

Visiting days feature “Story Time,” a reading program created to allow and
encourage inmate fathers to read to their children.

“Just Say No to Drugs or Else” is a nationally recognized drug awareness program
developed in 1994 by WNC staff. Taking a “hard hitting approach to real
life,” the program depicts life on the streets, gangs, and prison. It has held the
attention of more than 120,000 children and young adults and has been acclaimed
on CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS and in the Jaycee Magazine International.

The CCA/Winn Jaycees, one of the state’s outstanding institutional chapters,
has won national attention for participation in “Just Say No to Drugs or Else.”

Other club activities include drives to benefit the Louisiana Special Olympics,
Turning Point Battered Women’s Shelter, Muscular Dystrophy, and the March
of Dimes–activities which are supported by other inmates, staff, and administration
as well as public officials and law enforcement officers.

Corrections Corporation of America in cooperation with the Louisiana Department
of Labor offers an annual Resource Fair. The fair provides an opportunity
for inmates who are releasing to network with employers in an effort to
successfully reenter their communities.

As part of the institution’s HIV Peer Educator Program, inmates arriving at and
discharging from WNC receive a class on prevention and transmission of sexually
transmitted diseases. Peer educators receive training from the American
Red Cross and the Louisiana Department of Health and Hospitals.

Inmates releasing from WNC may request assistance from the Pre-release Coordinator
in obtaining a job interview. The coordinator follows up after the
inmate’s release to determine whether the inmate attended the interview and
whether he got the job. Since the start of the program in 2000, more than 400
inmates who requested job assistance have been hired.
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About Louisiana Transitional Center for Women aka LTCW (Tallulah, Louisiana)

Louisiana Transitional Center for Women was created in 2011 when the state of La/DOC entered into an agreement with the Madison Parish Sheriff's Dept. The state turned control of the facility to the Madison Parish Sheriff's Department to run. The Louisiana Transitional Center for Women in Tallulah was created as part of the state's plan to cut down the costs of running prisons in Louisiana.

The facility, formerly known as the Steven Hoyle Rehabilitation Center, was converted into the Madison Parish sheriff-operated Louisiana Transitional Center for Women. It's purpose is to provide housing for lower risk female inmates who have shorter sentences or are at the last few years of their sentences. LTCW focuses more on reentry services to women who will be reentering society in a few years or less but it also houses low risk female inmates with longer sentences.

LTCW does not show up on the DOC website and there is little information about it on the internet. I will write a post that outlines more about it in another post on a different thread.
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