The state of Louisiana has only one type of long-term correctional facility called prisons. There are nine state prisons in Louisiana. They are spread all over the state, and each one holds a different demographic and has different units with specific levels of custody. The list of Louisiana state prisons include:
All state prisons in Louisiana and operated and managed by the State of Louisiana Department of Corrections (DOC). They also maintain all Louisiana state prison inmate records. When searching for an inmate in Louisiana, all anyone has to do to perform a Louisiana state prison inmate record search is to contact the DOC or use the inmate locator feature on their website. As stated on their site, the DOC’s mission is: “We achieve our vision through safe, secure prison operations and community correctional programs, development and implementation of effective criminal justice policies for Louisiana, and the provision of rehabilitative opportunities for our population that supports their successful transition into the community.”
They support this mission through the following goals and priorities:
There are roughly 35,000 inmates in Louisiana prisons. Of that total, about 35% are in state-run facilities. More than sixty-six percent are Black, and 33% are white. Ninety-four percent is male and the rest female. In excess of 45% committed violent crimes which led to their imprisonment. Another 20.9% are in prison due to drug charges, and 16.3% are in prison because of property crimes. Seventeen percent makes up the rest which accounts for other various non-violent crimes.