Inmate records in Louisiana are created by law enforcement and corrections staff. The process begins when someone is arrested, and a RAP sheet is filled out with their name, address, physical description, and details about their crime. The suspect is then held in jail until the time of their hearing or trial. All of these events are noted in the file, which then becomes their permanent criminal record. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections is the agency in charge of the prison system for the state. According to Louisiana R.S. 15:574.12, inmate records are confidential, so they do not provide a way to perform an inmate search online.
The process for finding someone incarcerated in the Louisiana prison system is simple; they require that the person calls The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections directly to get information. They do not keep the inmate records online, but they do have a Louisiana phone inmate locator system. The requestor will need the inmate's name and date of birth to search. They can also search using the Louisiana DOC# (offender ID). The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections also encourages victims or other users to try the VINELink system to locate a prison inmate in Louisiana. If someone is interested in finding out if a person has ever been arrested or has other criminal records, they can try using the Infotracer search tool.
The state of Louisiana has about 19,000 people in prison within the state. Since the state has more criminals than beds, many of the 36,000 state offenders have been shipped off to other locations around the U.S. to serve out their sentences. The Louisiana prison system is under the direction of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections and Secretary, James M. Le Blanc. The facilities that make up the prison system are:
Louisiana has nine state prisons. They house only a fraction of the total state offenders. Because of this overcrowding, many Louisiana prisoners will be incarcerated elsewhere in other state or private prisons. The state does have a healthy reentry and community corrections programs to help reduce recidivism. Louisiana also has sixty-four jails to hold suspects before sentencing, two federal prisons that hold offenders who have broken federal laws and three juvenile detention centers for youth offenders.
Louisiana’s prison system holds 35,682 residents in various kinds of correctional facilities, from which 15,048 residents are held in state prisons, 11 in juvenile correctional facilities, and 20,623 in local jails.
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The state of Louisiana has only nine state prisons. They have about 19,000 beds available, which is far less than the state requires for all the criminals. The list of Louisiana state prisons includes:
When trying to locate an inmate in a Louisiana prison, there are a couple of routes to take. First, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections has a phone offender locator feature, and they offer links to other outside resources. Follow the steps below to find a Louisiana inmate:
Currently, Louisiana has only two federal prisons which house offenders who have broken federal laws. The Federal Bureau of Prisons (FOB) oversees all federal prisons. The two federal prison complexes in Louisiana include:
Finding an inmate in a Louisiana federal prison is different than with state prisons. All federal prisons are owned and operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, and therefore anyone wanting information about an inmate incarcerated there must contact them directly. The FOB does have an inmate locator feature on their website, and they have a page for each facility with details on how to contact inmates, visitation, and sending gifts or money.
The state of Louisiana has sixty-four counties, and each one has a Sheriff's Office. The Sheriff's Office has jurisdiction over the county jails and handles all custody matters regarding prisoners awaiting trial and sentencing. The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections has a complete list of Louisiana local law enforcement jail facilities posted on their website. The list is divided by parish/county.
To find an inmate located in a Louisiana jail, the searcher must contact the county Sheriff's Office where the person is being held. The state does not keep a central repository of all jail inmates. That information is managed by each local Sheriff's Office. Some of the county Sheriff's Offices have websites with an inmate search feature or a list of current residents.
The State of Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice has split its juvenile delinquency services into two types. First, they have residential provider homes to house low-risk youth offenders. These facilities focus on education and behavioral modification. Then they have three secure juvenile detention centers for males only. These are for much higher-risk offenders and those who have been court-ordered to serve time. The three facilities include:
Juvenile records are sealed in almost all cases. Therefore someone wanting to find a Louisiana inmate held in custody in a juvenile detention center must contact the State of Louisiana Office of Juvenile Justice. This agency is in charge of all the facilities, inmates, and programs. They can provide information on visitation, sending gifts or money or finding out where the particular offender currently resides. Family and friends will have the easiest access to that information.
More than half of all male inmates in Louisiana are incarcerated due to committing violent crimes. Forty-three percent of the female population has also committed violent acts. Drug crimes are the second most popular reason that both men and women are in prison in Louisiana. After that, property crimes and non-violent sex crimes rank as the next two most popular reasons for imprisonment in the state.
Louisiana’s incarceration rate for year-end 2016 under state prison or local jail jurisdiction per 100,000 population was 760, which is higher than an average incarceration rate by 69%. The number of Louisiana prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 35,682, from which 6% were female prisoners, whereas the number of male prisoners was 33,701 in 2016.
Eligible inmates can participate in a work-release program anywhere from four years to six months before their release date. This means they will be able to get a job, go to work each day, and return to prison at the end of the day. This is a supervised program called the transitional work program (TWP). Louisiana does not have any special housing or facilities to house inmates after they are released. Therefore, most will return home to family or friends.
Parole is a supervised program where inmates are released early to return to society but with some strict rules and regulations. The inmate must check in regularly with their parole officer and agree to other goals and terms. If they fail to comply with any of these stipulations, they may be sent to prison to complete their sentence.
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|State Parole Population:||30,907|
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When a convicted felon gets sentenced in court, if it is a first-offense or the person is low-risk, the judge can assign probation instead of prison. This is a privilege granted to only specific individuals who have displayed exceptional circumstances or good behavior. Probation comes with rules, and if the offender does not follow any of the court's requirements, they will go to jail to serve out the remainder of their sentence.
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|State Probation Population:||40,174|
|Change in 2016:||-1%|