Visitation is being phased in to state-run prisons

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On Monday, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services (DPS&C) began phasing in contactless visits to its state-run prisons.

Officials say maintaining in-person connections with loved ones is critical to a person’s success in prison. The DPS&C has determined that as COVID numbers inside prisons continue to decline and vaccination rates among prisoners and the general public increase, the current environment is conducive to the resumption of visitation. The Department has also approved general reopening plans for its facilities and continues to monitor the current status of COVID-19 in the public and in its prisons.

Prisons have educated their prison populations on visitation processes and procedures during the COVID-19 pandemic. At all institutions, visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitation list in order to be eligible for visitation.

Visiting procedures include the following security measures:

  • All visits will be contactless
  • Plexiglas barriers will separate inmates and their visitors
  • Upon entering the prison, all visitors will be screened for signs and symptoms of COVID-19, which includes having their temperature checked.
  • All persons are required to wear a protective face covering for the duration of the tour
  • Visitors will be required to follow social distancing guidelines for the duration of the tour
  • All visiting areas and transport vehicles must be disinfected before and between visits
  • Hand sanitizer must be available in all visiting areas
  • Times, days and duration of visits as well as the number of visitors allowed vary by establishment
  • Visitors are not required to be vaccinated to visit

The DPS&C initially suspended tours on March 12, 2020 to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect staff and inmates at state facilities. Visitation resumed on March 13, 2021, and when COVID-19 infections increased, the Department again suspended visitation on July 26, 2021. On October 18, 2021, the Department reinstated visitation until an increase in COVID cases across the state has forced the suspension of tours. on January 6, 2022.

The Department has created a webpage at doc.la.gov with information about COVID-19 to keep loved ones, loved ones, and the general public informed of the latest developments regarding the pandemic.

Officials say the DPS&C continues to proactively test for COVID-19 in accordance with CDC and LDH guidelines. If anyone in a dorm tests positive or is exposed to positive cases, that dorm or unit will be quarantined and visits for that group will be postponed until cleared by a doctor. Additionally, if at any time the total number of active cases in a prison exceeds 0.5% of the total population of that facility, visits to that prison will be immediately suspended until the rate falls below 0. .5%.

Non-contact visits will resume on the following days with the following visit times. Visits should be scheduled in advance by contacting the prison. All visitors must be on the prisoner’s visiting list and be 14 years of age or older.

Monday, February 21, 2022
Dixon Correctional Institute – 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 4:45 p.m.
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center – 7 days a week, 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Tuesday, February 22, 2022
Rayburn Correctional Center – Tuesday and Wednesday (max. custody), Thursday – Sunday (medium and minimum custody), 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Saturday February 26, 2022
Allen Correctional Center – Saturday and Sunday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Louisiana State Penitentiary – Saturday and Sunday, 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Raymond Laborde Correctional Center – Saturday and Sunday (general population), third Thursday of the month (separate accommodation), 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 2, 2022
David Wade Correctional Center – Monday to Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Saturday, March 5, 2022
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women – at Hunt & Jetson – Saturday and Sunday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at Louisiana State Penitentiary – Friday to Sunday (nurses), 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To schedule a visit or get more information about a facility’s tours, contact the facility’s tours department at the following numbers and times:
Allen Correctional Center – 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, at (337) 389-6029
David Wade Correctional Center – 8:30 a.m. – 11 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m., Monday to Friday at (318) 927-0400
Dixon Correctional Institute – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (225) 634-6291
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center – 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday to Friday, at (225) 319-4559 or (225) 319-4364.
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women – 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (225) 319-2324
Louisiana State Penitentiary – 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Friday, at (225) 655-2343
Rayburn Correctional Center – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, at (985) 661-6380
Raymond Laborde Correctional Center – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday to Friday, at (318) 876-2891 ext. 268

State prisons can begin to phase in general reopening plans that include a limited number of volunteers for faith-based programs, as well as the scaling up of vocational and educational programs to levels close to pre-war levels. COVID-19. In addition, plans are being made to resume in-person visits by detained lawyers. Currently, inmates are visiting their attorneys via Zoom call and phone.

All reopening plans will follow LDH’s COVID-19 guidelines and are subject to change as guidelines or the prevalence of COVID-19 in the facility or in the community changes. At this stage, there is no definitive timetable for the full implementation of these additional measures. The DPS&C will announce to the media and the public any changes regarding visits and post on the Department’s COVID-19 webpage at doc.la.gov [r20.rs6.net].

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