DAVID WADE CORRECTIONAL CENTER (DWCC) 670 Bell Hill Road Homer, LA 71040
Warden: Kelly D. Ward
DWCC houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation. Vocational Training in Air Conditioning & Refrigeration, Auto Mechanics, Carpentry, Horticulture, and Welding.
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 (Forcht-Wade) is a satellite facility located in the old Caddo Correctional Center near Shreveport. It began receiving inmates in 1996. When renovations are completed in 2001, it will house 523 inmates, most of whom are aged and/or infirm. The facility also serves as a Reception and Diagnostic Center for inmates sentenced from the northern part of the state.
DWCC security manages an eleven-bed prison ward at E. A. Conway Hospital in Monroe for state inmates and, occasionally, parish jail inmates. The DWCC Chase Team assists area law enforcement agencies and makes 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 officers from DWCC and area law enforcement agencies.
Inmate clubs are involved with crime prevention and community service. The Human Relations Club sponsors a drug and gang awareness seminar at DWCC for junior high students. Carefully screened and selected inmates speak with junior high, high school, and college students and travel annually to the Shreveport-Bossier Leadership Conference, which emphasizes the importance of remaining free of crime and drugs. The Toy Project distributed about 3000 wooden toys to charitable agencies in northwest Louisiana last year. With the help of donations from local businesses, civic organizations,churches, and private citizens, inmates work year round to build a variety of toys. Vets Incarcerated sponsors a weekend literacy program with about 100 inmate students participating.
In 1998 the Kisatchie [Inmate] Jaycees won the Curtiss Miller Memorial Award as best overall chapter in Louisiana, an award never before won by an institutional chapter. The group was also honored as the #1 institutional chapter for the fifth consecutive year. Club activities include an annual walk-a-thon to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association.
Inmate work crews help maintain the Greenwood and Mounds Welcome Centers. Project Clean-Up teams invest about 8928 man-hours a month toward litter abatement.
DWCC, in partnership with the Ark-La-Tex Alternative to Violence Program, offers an intensive workshop that focuses on learning constructive conflict resolution techniques as an alternative to violent behavior. DWCC also piloted a volunteer-led restorative justice pilot program directed toward helping inmates understand the impact of their criminal actions on their victims and themselves.