Mission Statement

The mission of Louisiana State Penitentiary is to provide for the custody, control, care, and treatment of adjudicated offenders through enforcement of the laws, and management of programs designed to ensure the safety of the public, staff, and offenders, and to further reintegrate offenders into society.


We respect the need for public safety and operate our programs and services in a way to ensure a better Louisiana. We respect our employees and understand the challenges inherent in their provision of public service. We respect the dignity of our offenders and work hard not only to comply with federal, state and other mandates, but also to provide an environment that will enable them to live a productive life upon release as a means to reduce recidivism. Louisiana State Penitentiary strives to maintain an environment where high ethical standards are expected and performance accountability is a critical element of our success.


  • Provide basic/broad-based educational programs to adult offenders who are motivated to take advantage of these services and have demonstrated behavior that would enable them to function within an educational setting.
  • Prepare offenders for release through implementation of innovative programs and initiatives.
  • Maximize public safety through appropriate and effective correctional, custodial, and supervisory programs.
  • Provide constitutionally acceptable levels of health care that reflect community care standards and operate in an efficient and cost-effective manner.
  • Develop and implement a comprehensive mental health program to screen, diagnose and treat mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse.
  • Continue to effectively manage available resources to ensure maximum and efficient utilization and avoidance of budget deficits in accomplishing goals and objectives.
  • Continue to provide for the safety of the correctional staff and offenders by maintaining an organized and disciplined system of operations that promotes stability in the institution.
  • To further rehabilitative efforts by providing an environment that enables behavioral changes by making rehabilitation opportunities available to offenders, which will increase their odds of being successfully reintegrated into society.
  • Through the provision of quality health services, assure that the health of all offenders is adequately evaluated and that proper and effective treatment is provided as needed in order to maintain offender health.
  • Maintain rigorous operational standards.

Driving Directions

The Louisiana State Penitentiary is located at the end of Highway 66, approximately twenty-two miles northwest of the town of St. Francisville, Louisiana (Highway 61).

From St. Francisville: Travel north on Highway 61 for approximately two miles. Shortly after passing the West Feliciana High School (appearing on your right), turn left onto Highway 66 using the turning lane provided. The twenty mile long highway ends at the penitentiary’s front gate.

From Baton Rouge: Follow I-110 (Martin Luther King Highway) to Highway 61 North (look for exit sign to Natchez/St. Francisville); this is a turn to the right. Travel approximately twenty-one miles to St. Francisville, and then follow the directions given above from St. Francisville.

From New Orleans: Take I-10 to Baton Rouge. At exit 155-B, turn right onto ramp towards I-110/Business District/Metro Airport. I-110 ends at US Highway 61. Turn right (North) onto US Highway 61. Travel approximately twenty-six miles to Highway 66. Turn left on Highway 66. Highway 66 ends at the gates of Louisiana State Penitentiary.


Visitation Information

The administration of Louisiana State Penitentiary views visiting as a vital aspect of an offender’s rehabilitation process. This connection to family and friends allows the offender to make a smooth transition to prison life and helps him adapt to society and family life upon release from custody.

Upon his arrival at LSP, an offender must submit a list of individuals with whom he wishes to visit. Once approved, this list becomes their official visiting list. Only the visitors who appear on this (current) approved visiting list are allowed to visit. Children under the age of eighteen may visit, but must be accompanied at all times by an adult listed on the offender’s approved visiting list.

Visiting days/hours: Visiting days are Friday through Sunday from 6:00 a.m., until 4:15 p.m. Visitors should plan their arrival prior to 2:00 p.m., at which time the bus makes its final departure to the visiting area(s). NOTE: On the rare occasion when there are five Sundays in a given month, there will be no visiting on that Sunday or the Saturday preceding it. There will only be visiting on that Friday only.

Length of Visits: Each offender is afforded a two-hour visit on any visiting day. The Warden or designee retains the discretion to determine the duration of visits based on available space and staff.

Number of Visitors: An offender is allowed ten approved visitors plus one religious advisor on his list. Each visitor on the approved visiting list will be permitted to visit twice a month. Each offender is allowed to visit with up five visitors, including children, at one time.

Visitor Searches: All visitors are subject to a search of their vehicles, possessions and persons. This is necessary to preclude the introduction of weapons, ammunition, explosives, cell phones, alcohol, escape devices, drugs and drug paraphernalia or other forbidden items or contraband into the prison environment. All searches of visitors will be conducted in accordance with Department Regulation No. C-02-005 and Penitentiary Directive No. 09.004, and 09.004\A.

Visitors will be allowed to take the following to the visiting area:

a. Wallet or clutch purse with no more than $300.00 cash money;

b. Nitroglycerine tablets (must remain on person);

c. Prescription medication in original container (to be given to bus driver and kept at security counter and returned to visitor at Front Gate Visiting by bus driver. Medication should be limited in quantity to no more than that required for the duration of the visit);

d. Prescription asthma spray (to remain on person);

e. Small amount of candy, if diabetic;

f. One car key (remote car locks are allowed if they are attached to the key ring);

g. If the visitor has a baby, the following items will be permitted: Up to 4 diapers; 2 jars vacuum-sealed baby food; 2 bottles of milk or juice; 1 change of clothing; 1 diaper bag; 1 baby blanket, maximum width or length not to exceed 48 inches.

h. Wallet-size photos

NOTE: No items listed above can be left with the offender at the termination of the visit.

Visitor Dress Code

Visiting areas are designed to cultivate a family atmosphere for family and friends of all ages. Visitors should dress and act accordingly. The following apparel is considered inappropriate and shall result in the denial of visits:

a. Clothing that is similar in appearance to the clothing worn by the offender population; male and female visitors shall not wear denim or chambray shirts, gray, blue or white sweatshirts, or white t-shirts; male visitors must wear underwear; female visitors must wear bra and panties;

b. Undergarments, underwear and bra, must not be visible. Underwear must be worn by all visitors;

c. Clothing that is similar in appearance to the clothing worn by correctional officers (i.e. camouflage, blue BDU's, etc.);

d. Transparent clothing;

e. Swimming suits;

f. Skirts, shorts, skorts, culottes, and dresses shorter than one inch above the knee cap or those with revealing slits;

g. Strapless, tube and halter tops, tank tops and strapless dresses;

h. Tops that expose the midriff;

i. Blouses, shirts, and dresses that are low cut;

j. Spandex, Lycra or spandex-like athletic pants, aerobic/exercise tights or leotards;

k.Clothing with revealing holes or tears one inch above the knee cap;

l. Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writing, images or pictures;

m. Gang or club-related clothing or insignia indicative of gang affiliation;

n. House slippers and shower shoes and flip flops are not allowed. Footwear must remain on feet at all times. These restrictions apply to all visitors.

o. Hats or other head coverings are not permitted, except as required by religiious beliefs.

Identification: All approved visitors must have in their possession a picture ID (valid state issued driver’s license or state issued ID card obtained through the Department of Motor Vehicles). All visitors 15 years of age and above must have a picture ID in order to visit an offender.

Other Accepted Forms of Picture ID: Passport, Military, Law Enforcement, College/University, School Identification

Educational Programming

Through partnerships with the Louisiana Community and Technical College System, the New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary, Ashland University and the Louisiana Department of Education, Louisiana State Penitentiary provides opportunities for participation in the following educational programs:

NOBTS (N.O. Baptist Theological Seminary)

Ashland University (Bachelor's degree in general studies)

SSD#1 (Special School District)
P.R.E.P. Pre-Release Exit Program
Culinary Arts

Reentry and Rehabilitative Program

Automotive Technology – ASE Certification

Building and General Construction

Collision Repair – ASE Certification

Corrections Reentry Court Workforce Program


HVAC Excellence Certification

Outdoor Power Equipment

Print Ed Certification

NCCER Certification — Carpentry, Welding, Heating and Air Conditioning, Electrical, Industrial Painting, Concrete Finishing and Brick Masonry

Eye Glass Repair


Louisiana State Penitentiary is the state’ oldest and only maximum security prison and, as such, a much sought after tour destination for school groups, churches, and criminal justice professionals. A regular tour consists of a visit to the museum, the historic Red Hat, a dormitory (depending on availability), and the lethal injection table. Lunch is available for a fee Big House Cafe'. For more information, please contact the LSP Museum at 225-655-2592.

MORE INFORMATION about LSP’s unique events and programs can be found on the following websites: