LCIW houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.
Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
Vocational Training in Information Systems Technology, Custom
Sewing, Upholstery, Culinary Arts, and Horticulture.
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 live together on a wing at the prison and are
transported daily to the IMPACT unit at EHCC.
Women with a history of substance abuse, who are within twelve
months of their earliest release date, may participate in a program
of professionally facilitated education and therapy groups for the
LCIW provides security for females in wards at Earl K. Long Hospital in Baton
Rouge and the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans.
KAIROS is an important component of religious programming for many
residents. Twice a year volunteers from different religious organizations,
under the coordination of the chaplain, lead a four-day retreat on institutional
grounds. Those events are supported by on-going 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 eight hours over a weekend.
A Children’s Christmas Extravaganza is held annually for inmates’ children
who are 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,” featuring
games, food, dancing, and other activities.
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
each week after regular work hours. A Sexual Trauma Resolution therapy
group is also available. Inmates can participate in a volunteer-directed drama
club, which meets after regular work hours.