There is only one type of short-term confinement facility in Louisiana, and they are parish jails. These facilities house arrested individuals and pretrial detainees awaiting their day in court. In some cases, low-risk offenders are sentenced to a few months in jail rather than go to prison. These jails hold those types of prisoners also. There are dozens and dozens of county jails in Louisiana. Although counties are called parishes.
Each parish (or county) jail is operated and managed by the local police or Sheriff’s Office. These law enforcement agencies are also in charge of Louisiana county jail inmate records. Many of the local parishes have websites with information about the jail, a listing of current inmates or a search feature. This makes it easy for the general public to conduct a Louisiana county jail inmate search at any time. All you need to search for an inmate is their first and last names. You can also filter results by gender and race.
Some local parish jails are called correctional centers. For example, the local county jail in Jefferson, run by the Jefferson Sheriff’s Office is called Jefferson Parish Correctional Center (JPCC) and is owned and operated by the parish. This particular jail holds more than 1,200 inmates. Along with an inmate search feature on their website, the parishes also provide information for acquiring bonds, visitation, inmate mail, the commissary and how to send money to an inmate and other details for family and friends. In some cases, related persons may need to request a “Letter of Incarceration,” and they also provide information on how to do that.
Forty-seven percent of the total inmate population in Louisiana is located in local parish jails. The races are disproportion with 66.3% being Black, 33.2% white and only.5% other races. Ninety-four percent are male, and the rest are female. The average age of someone in a Louisiana jail is 37 years old.
There are about 12,000 people in local county jails in Louisiana. Of that total, 45.6 committed violent crimes, 20.9% are in jail due to drug crimes, 16.3%, and have perpetrated property crimes. Aggravated assault is by far the most prominent violent crime committed in Louisiana. As for non-violent crimes, larceny-theft, burglary, robbery, and motor vehicle theft are also common reasons inmates are in local parish jails.