Louisiana State Records
Louisiana Inmate Records
Louisiana inmate records consist of offenders held in state prisons, parish jails, correctional inmate facilities, and other penal institutions. They may include sentencing information, such as the type and class of offense, the parish in which the case was tried, and the location of the facility holding the inmate. Records may also contain the inmate’s name, registration number, date of birth, and sex. Some or most of these records may be open to the public, in compliance with the state’s public record laws.
Louisiana’s Prison Structure
Headquartered in Baton Rouge, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) oversees the running of 13 correctional inmate facilities in the state. It’s divided into three major divisions: Public Safety Services, Office of Juvenile Justice and Corrections Services. The Department of Correction Services is tasked with the oversight of more than 35,000 inmates. Nearly half of these inmates are housed in the state’s correctional facilities while others are assigned to private and parish facilities.
Difference between Jails and Prisons
Jails are correctional/detention facilities managed by the parish or city government while prisons are secure facilities managed by the state. Correctional facilities in Louisiana house offenders who have been convicted of an offense and serving a sentence.
How Do I Visit an Inmate?
Visitors are advised to review the visiting time for each facility as well as the department regulations on visitations. All approved visitors must register with officials prior to entering the visiting area. Visitors will be expected to provide a valid photo I.D such as a driver’s license, state photo identification card, passport or military photo identification card. Children who accompany parents during a visit must not be left alone. In addition, the department has a strict dress code that must be maintained by all visitors. Visitors are prevented from wearing any sheer or transparent clothing or any clothing that exposes an undue amount of flesh. Clothing with gang insignia, clothing with revealing holes or clothing that is identical to the uniform or clothing worn by correctional officers are not permitted.
Can Anyone Visit an Inmate?
Visits aren’t allowed for everyone. To see an inmate housed in a Louisiana correctional facility, visitors must be included on the inmate’s approved visiting list. Visits are allowed for children and minors as long as they are accompanied by a legal guardian or parent for the entire duration of their time in the facility’s grounds. However, offenders who have been convicted for a sex crime involving a minor are restricted from visits from any minor child, including their own adopted or biological child.
How Do I Send Money to an Inmate?
Friends and family members can send funds to inmates using several options:
- Internet: JPAy processes all online payments to inmates. Interested parties can make payments by signing on to the payment service and sending funds using credit or debit cards. Payments typically take 48 hours before they are reflected in an offender’s account.
- Mail: Members of the public can deposit money in an inmate’s account by sending a money order via mail. Deposits should be accompanied by a completed money deposit slip that includes the money order amount, inmate ID, and inmate’s full name.
- MoneyGram: Money can be sent at any MoneyGram walk-up location.
- Kiosks: Friend and family can deposit funds at any of the kiosks located in the visiting area of a correctional facility. Funds may be provided by cash or credit/debit card.
- Telephone: Funds may be transferred by calling (800) 574-5729 and using a credit/debit card. The maximum amount allowed for this medium is $300.
How Do I Contact an Inmate?
Friend and family are allowed to send letters to offenders housed in Louisiana correctional facilities. Letters must include the offender’s DPS&C number as well as the offender’s full name. Senders are prohibited from sending stamps or cash through the mail.
List of Correctional Facilities in the State
Find below the name and contact details of correctional facilities in the state.
Allen Correctional Center
3751 Lauderdale Woodyard Rd.,
B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center
27268 Hwy. 21 North,
Angie LA 70426
David Wade Correctional Center
670 Bell Hill Road,
Homer, LA 71040
Dixon Correctional Institute
Post Office Box 788,
Jackson, LA 70748
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
6925 Highway 74, St.
Gabriel, LA 70776,
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women
7205 Highway 74, St.
Gabriel, LA 70776
Louisiana State Penitentiary
17544 Tunica Trace,
Angola, LA 70712
Raymond Laborde Correctional Center
1630 Prison Rd,
Cottonport, LA 71327
Winn Correctional Center
180 CCA Blvd.,
Atlanta, LA 71483
How to Obtain Records from Parish Jails
Most of the parishes in Louisiana provide online platforms where members of the public can obtain general inmate information. For instance, the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office maintains a parish prison inmate list, while the Jefferson Parish Sheriff provides an online inmate search platform that allows for searches by name, race or sex. The Orleans Parish Sheriff’s Office provides a similar service with its inmate master search, while St. Tammany Parish maintains an online inmate roster that reveals current inmates and inmates released within the last 48 hours. Information that is not available online may be obtained by contacting the local Sheriff's office.
How Do I Obtain Records from State Prisons
Members of the public can obtain public information on inmates by signing up with the Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS). It provides regular updates on an inmate’s movement through the justice system. Subscribers can use the system to stay updated on an offender’s current custody and case status. It provides information by text message, email or phone calls when available.
Interested parties can also locate offenders or by contacting the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Correction. The agency maintains a 24-hour offender locator system that can be accessed by calling (225) 383-4580. The system is updated daily and includes records of DPS&C offenders as well as offenders under probation.
Full Criminal Case Details:
- Domestic Violence
- Parole Violation
- Probation Violation
- Sexual Assault
Louisiana State Penitentiary
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