On Tuesday, November 1, 2022, the Department of Public Safety and Corrections announced a cybersecurity incident that exposed personal health information of approximately 80,000 inmates. For information about this data breach, and what to do Click here for more information.
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Family and friends of people assigned to the custody of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections can locate the person by searching on the Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS). This site is updated every 24 hours and makes it easy to search by location, name, and ID/case number.
In addition to people in prison, it also includes information on people under probation or parole (community) supervision.
You can also call 225-383-4580 to be connected to the Imprisoned Person Locator. Callers must have the person in prison’s DPS&C number or the person in prison’s name and date of birth to access housing assignment, address of the facility where the person is located, a contact phone number and a projected release date (if applicable).Locate a Person in Prison
People in prison are forbidden from using social media or cell phones. If you know of a person in prison who is breaking this rule, please report him or her.
Report a Person in Prison
If you know of a person in prison who has recently established or currently maintains information on a social networking website or has obtained a cell phone while incarcerated, please report the person’s name, assigned location, and the link to the person’s social networking page if possible.
What is a social networking site?
A social networking website is any internet-based website with the following capabilities:
What does the law say?
In 2011, the Louisiana Legislature enacted Revised Statute 14:405, which prohibits people in prison or jail from establishing an account on any internet-based social networking website. Specifically, it is unlawful for any person who is incarcerated and who is sentenced to the legal custody of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, including those assigned to parish jails, to establish or maintain an account on any internet-based social networking website.
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March 17, 2022 – On Friday, March 18, 2022, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) will begin phasing in contact visitation across its state-run prisons. Maintaining in person connections with loved ones is critical to a person’s success in prison. In February, the Department reinstated non-contact visitation. Over the past month, declining COVID numbers and increasing vaccination rates make it now suitable to resume contact visitation. The Department has 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 inmate populations on the processes and procedures of visitation during the COVID-19 pandemic. At all institutions, visitors must be on the inmate’s approved visitation list in order to be eligible to visit. In order to qualify for contact visitation, both the prisoner and his/her visitors age 14 and older must be fully vaccinated against COVID and have proof of vaccination. Individuals (prisoners and visitors) who have completed the primary series of Pfizer or Moderna vaccine within the last six months, or completed the primary series of Johnson & Johnson vaccine within the last two months, or have received the COVID-19 booster, at any time, are considered fully vaccinated. Those who are not fully vaccinated may be eligible for non-contact visitation.
Visitation procedures include the following safety measures for all visitation:
The DPS&C originally suspended visitation on March 12, 2020, to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and protect staff and inmates at the state’s institutions. Visitation resumed on March 13, 2021, and when COVID-19 infections surged, the Department suspended visitation again on July 26, 2021. On October 18, 2021, the Department reinstated visitation until a surge in COVID cases across the state forced suspension of visitation on January 6, 2022. Non-contact visitation resumed on February 21, 2022. The Department created a webpage at doc.la.gov with COVID-19 information to keep relatives, loved ones, and the general public informed on the latest developments concerning the pandemic.
If at any point the total active cases at a prison exceeds .5 percent of the total population of that institution, visitation at that prison will be suspended immediately until the rate falls below .5 percent.
Contact visitation will resume on the following dates, with both contact and non-contact visitation following the schedules listed below. Visitation must be scheduled in advance by contacting the prison. All visitors must be on the prisoner’s visitation list.
Friday, March 18, 2022
Saturday, March 19, 2022
Monday, March 21, 2022
Wednesday, March 26, 2022
To schedule a visit or get more information about an institution’s visitation, contact the facility’s Visitation Department at the following numbers and times:
State prisons have begun phasing in general reopening plans, which include a limited number of volunteers for faith-based programming, as well as ramping up vocational and educational programs to near pre-COVID-19 levels. In addition, face-to-face attorney inmate visits are being reinstated for prisoners and attorneys who are both fully vaccinated. All reopening plans are subject to change as guidelines or COVID-19 prevalence at the facility or in the community change. At this point, there is no definitive timeline on full implementation of these additional measures. The DPS&C will announce to the media and the public any changes in regards to visitation and will post on the Department’s COVID-19 webpage at doc.la.gov
Visitation with people committed to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DPS&C) is a privilege. Visitation may be restricted, denied or suspended if an imprisoned person and/or visitor does not follow the Department’s visitation rules. Prospective visitors may refer to Department Regulation C-02-008 for specific rules governing visitation. The regulation may also be obtained by requesting a copy from the facility. Items considered to be contraband, including any type of weapon, firearm or any other item detrimental to the security of the facility, are not allowed. Prohibited items and other personal possessions (wallet, purse, cash, etc.) must be left in the visitor’s locked vehicle for the duration of the visit. The following are rules that a visitor must follow in order to be allowed to visit with a person in prison.
1. Visiting List: In order to visit a person in prison, the visitor must be on the person’s approved visiting list. The imprisoned person has been given information on how to add someone to their visiting list. If you are uncertain as to whether you are on a person in prison’s approved visiting list, please contact the person you wish to visit. Do not call the facility for this information; it will not be provided over the phone.
2. Searches: All visitors, including minors, are subject to searches of their property, automobile and person. These searches shall be conducted by trained staff in a professional manner that minimizes indignity to the visitor while still accomplishing the objective of the search. Additionally, visitors shall be subject to additional searches using metal detectors and ion scanning equipment. Specially trained search dogs (K-9s) may be used as a part of the search process both prior to a visitor entering the visiting area and in the actual visiting room during visits. Any person refusing to be searched at any time shall not be permitted to enter the facility and a visit may be terminated if a visitor refuses to be searched, or if contraband or other prohibited property or items are found on the visitor or in the visitor’s property. If a visitor does not wish to be searched either by hand or by using other means, the visitor should not attempt to enter a DPS&C facility.
3. Registration: Visitors must register with staff prior to entering the visiting area.
4. Identification: All visitors who are 18 years old or older shall be required to show a picture identification each time they visit. The forms of identification accepted by the DPS&C are:
5. Children: Visitors under the age of 18 years of age must be accompanied by their parent or legal guardian at all times while on facility grounds. Children shall not be left alone at any time while on facility grounds. Parents or legal guardians shall be responsible for the behavior of their children and a visit may be terminated if the children become disruptive.
6. Dress standards: Visitors shall wear clothing that poses no threat to the security or maintenance of order at the facility. The following standards are to be met:
7. Items not permitted: Visitors shall not be permitted to possess or carry the following items into the visiting area: controlled substances, alcoholic beverages, marijuana, tobacco and tobacco related items, cameras, video, and audio recording equipment and electronic devices, including but not limited to cellular telephones, pagers, BlackBerries, radios, tape recorders, etc.
8. Medication: Only prescribed medication that is life-saving or life-sustaining, such as nitroglycerine pills, inhalers, oxygen, etc., shall be permitted. Medication shall be limited in quantity to no more than that required for the duration of the visit. Visitors must advise the staff at the visiting desk that they are in possession of such medication.
9. Infants: If the visitor has an infant child, the following items shall be permitted: four diapers, two jars of vacuum sealed baby food, two plastic bottles of milk or juice, one change of clothing, one baby blanket (maximum width and length not to exceed 48 inches), and one clear plastic bag of baby wipes. These items, except the baby blanket, must be stored in a single clear plastic container (i.e., gallon size zip-lock bag.) All items are subject to search.
10. Money: Visitors shall not give any money to an imprisoned person. All state correctional facilities utilize JPAY for money deposits to people in prison. JPAY allows family members and friends to make a deposit to an person in prison’s account in a number of ways via U.S. mail, internet, telephone, kiosks at the correctional facility, and Moneygram locations.
11. Contact between people in prison and visitors: People in prison who have contact visits may embrace (hug) and exchange a brief kiss, to indicate fondness, not a lingering kiss, with their visitor at beginning and end of the visit. During the visit, the only contact permitted is holding hands. Excessive displays of affection or sexual misconduct between people in prison and visitors is strictly prohibited. Small children may be permitted to sit on the lap of the visitor or person in prison. Any improper contact between a person in prison and visitor shall be grounds for stopping the visit immediately. Some people in prison are restricted to non-contact visits. In these cases, there shall be no physical contact or touching at all between the person in prison and the visitors. Restroom breaks may be authorized, however, visitors will be subject to the entire search process again.
12. Restrictions on visits with minors: People in prison who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child family member, or who have a documented history of sex abuse with a minor child family member, are ineligible to visit with any minor child, including their own biological or step-child. People in prison who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child who is not a family member are ineligible to visit with any minor child. The imprisoned people affected by these restrictions have been informed of possible exceptions that may only be approved by the warden.
13. Generally prohibited: The giving or receiving of any item(s) to/from a person in prison without the prior approval of staff is prohibited. Violators are subject to arrest and criminal prosecution and suspension of visiting privileges. The only exception is that the visitor may purchase soft drinks, snacks or concessions in the visiting area and share them with the person in prison. The person in prison is not permitted to take anything out of the visiting area when the visit is finished, other than with approval as noted above.
14. Visiting hours: See Hours of Operation section for each individual facility on our locations page.
15. Public transportation: Some DPS&C facilities have public transportation available to the facility. Information is provided at the facility to the people in prison if public transportation is available. There may be a cost for use of this transportation and the DPS&C does not endorse or claim any liability for the use of the transportation provider. The visitor may contact the person they wish to visit in prison to obtain specific information regarding any types of transportation that may be available to the facility where the person is housed.
16. Directions: Driving directions may be found on the facility page the visitor wishes to visit.
17. Termination of visits: The warden of the facility or staff designated by the warden may terminate a visit at any time if they believe that ending the visit is in the best interest of the safety and security of the facility or the persons involved.
18. Other specific information provided by the person in prison or facility: Contact the imprisoned person you are visiting or the facility for other permissible items, special visit procedures, and availability of picnic visits.
Incarceration is difficult for people in prison, and also for their families and friends. View our Informational Handbook for Friends & Families of People in Prison for basic information that affects you and your loved one.
The Department encourages positive communication between people in prison and family members/friends. As such, DPS&C offers several avenues of communication for people assigned to state correctional facilities. People in prison may communicate via regular U.S. mail, secure telephones, and secure electronic communication (similar to email provided by JPAY). Family members may also send money to people in DPS&C custody.
Dept. Regulation No. B-08-001 allows for each imprisoned person to have an approved master list of up to twenty (20) telephone numbers for family, friends, and legal calls. An imprisoned person can update the list on a quarterly basis.
If a person in prison attempts to dial any telephone number not on his/her approved list from a state correctional facility, the call is automatically blocked. Individual telephone numbers can be blocked as well. Members of the public can contact the facility directly or the Office of Adult Services (225-342-9711) if they are receiving unwanted or harassing phone calls from imprisoned people at state correctional facilities.
People in prison can only make collect calls and prison telephones are limited to out-going calls only. Calls are usually limited to 15 minutes. No one can make a call to a prison telephone.
When a person in prison makes a call, the called party is notified that it is a collect call from a person at a state prison facility. The called party is given the option of accepting the call or refusing it by hanging up.
Telephone communication access is provided by an outside vendor, Securus Technologies. Securus’ Customer Service number is 1-800-844-6591 for individuals needing assistance with billing issues, problems receiving calls from people in prison, receiving unwanted calls and/or requesting a block on future calls from an individual(s) in prison.
The Department allows people in prison to call approved cell phone numbers under specific guidelines. The called party must set up an account with Securus and provide their primary residence information. Calls to prepaid cell phones are not allowed. The imprisoned individual must have your cell phone number on his/her approved phone list.
The Department offers electronic communication for staying in touch as well. JPay provides an email service that is usually faster than regular mail and appropriate photographs can be attached to the emails. This service is all done through a secure connection, so people in prison never actually have access to the internet.
Visit JPay for more information.
Please note that all media inquiries regarding people currently or formerly under DPS&C custody (including interview requests) should be directed to Communications Director Ken Pastorick at (225) 219-0499. Media may not circumvent Department policies regarding contact with people in prison. Media may not be placed on imprisoned persons’ telephone lists, communicate with people in prison via electronic communication, or send money to people in prison. Failure by a news media representative to comply with Departmental policy constitutes grounds for denying the representative and/or the representative’s agency access to facilities and interviews for a 12-month period.
The Canteen Package Program gives family and friends an opportunity to order pre-approved food and hygiene products and personal property items for their loved ones incarcerated in state institutions. Click below to learn more and order.Order A Package For A Person In Prison
Family and friends can send funds to people in prison in the following ways:
Family and friends may continue to send money orders via mail. There is no charge for sending money orders via mail. JPay requires a JPay deposit slip to accompany the money order. This deposit is mailed to JPay’s Miami, Florida address. This means that mail time to Florida is probably longer than to a DPS&C facility and that should be taken into account when mailing funds.
Also, there is a two-day processing time for JPay to put the funds into the DPS&C account. Then, there is a two-day processing time allowance for getting funds into the imprisoned person’s account. The maximum amount that can be sent via mail is $999.99. Deposits of $500 or greater are subject to investigation.
Download an English money order deposit form here.
Download a Spanish money order deposit form here.
Walk-up Locations for MoneyGram
MoneyGram is located in Walmart and CVS Pharmacy locations. It is also available in other places that display the MoneyGram logo. MoneyGram provides a service for transmitting funds from one point to another using electronic means.
Family and friends provide the MoneyGram office with cash only, along with the imprisoned person’s information and MoneyGram will electronically submit the payment to the receiving company/destination for a fee.
MoneyGram is transmitted electronically so it is faster than money orders. There is a 2-day turnaround on funds being placed into the imprisoned person’s account. The maximum amount that can be sent via MoneyGram is $4,999.99. Deposits of $500 or greater are subject to investigation.
Family and friends may go online to www.JPay.com and send funds using only Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards. There are fees associated with the internet transactions.
Amount Sending Online Fees:
$ 0.00 – $ 20.00: $ 3.50
$ 20.01 – $100.00: $ 6.50
$100.01 – $200.00: $ 8.50
$200.01 – $300.00: $10.50
There is a 2-day turnaround on funds being placed into the imprisoned person’s account. The daily cut-off time to submit a payment is 10 p.m. CST. The maximum amount that can be sent via Internet is $300.00.
Family and friends may call 1-800-574-5729 and transfer funds using only Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards. There are fees associated with telephone transactions.
Amount Sending Phone Fees:
$ 0.00 – $ 20.00: $ 4.50
$ 20.01 – $100.00: $ 7.50
$100.01 – $200.00: $ 9.50
$200.01 – $300.00: $11.50
There is a 2-day turnaround on funds being placed into the imprisoned person’s account. The daily cut-off time to submit a payment is 10 p.m. CST. The maximum amount that can be sent via telephone is $300.00.
Kiosks are located in all state correctional facility visiting areas. Family and friends can provide funds to people in prison by credit/debit card or cash.
There is a 2-day turnaround on funds being placed into the imprisoned person’s account. Fees will apply for credit or debit card transactions (same as internet).
Cash deposited in Lobby Kiosks have a per transaction fee of $4.00 for deposits from $.01 to $500.00. Deposits of $500 or greater are subject to investigation. All deposits are still subject to the rules and regulations promulgated by Department Regulation B-09-003 Offender Banking. Regardless of which method of payment family and friends are using to transmit deposits to people in prison, all deposits totaling $500 or greater will continue to be investigated and will delay funds being available to the imprisoned person until the investigation is completed.
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections — Corrections Services has a zero-tolerance policy regarding sexual violence and sexual misconduct involving staff. If you have information or believe an individual under custody of this Department has been subjected to conduct of this nature, please notify the warden’s office where the person in prison is assigned or the Probation and Parole District Office where the person reports if he or she is under supervision.
Click here for the Department’s PREA policy.
The annual reports posted below are reviewed and approved by the DPS&C Secretary.
Each state-run prison is audited every three years by a PREA certified auditor with the U.S. Department of Justice. Below are the most current audits for each of Louisiana’s state-run prisons. PREA Standard 115.403(f) states “The agency shall ensure that the auditor’s final report is published on the agency’s website if it has one, or is otherwise made readily available to the public.”
The set-up of the Department can be confusing to many people. Constitutionally, it is one Department. Practically, the Department is divided into three areas:
1. Corrections Services oversees the assignment and care of adults in prison, including those under Probation and/or Parole supervision.
2. Public Safety Services is comprised of Louisiana State Police, the Office of Motor Vehicles, the State Fire Marshal’s Office and the Highway Safety Commission.
3. Office of Juvenile Justice is responsible for youth in juvenile detention centers or under supervision.
Each entity reports directly to the Governor. The Secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections oversees Corrections Services.
At present, there are more than 36,000 people serving time for state felonies. Louisiana simply doesn’t have the capacity to house all of the people serving time for these crimes in state correctional facilities. Capacity at state facilities is just under 19,000. Therefore, the state relies upon parish and private facilities throughout Louisiana to house and care for people remanded to DPS&C custody. The state reimburses these entities for housing people remanded to DPS&C custody.
As part of the orientation process, people in prison are notified of the rules and procedures that govern them while incarcerated. Disciplinary Rules and Procedures for Adult Offenders is also known as the Offender Rulebook and people in prison have access to the rulebook at all state correctional facilities, as well as at local level parish and private jails where people in DPS&C custody may be assigned. As such, when people in prison have questions or concerns, they should refer to the Offender Rulebook for guidance and proper procedure in dealing with their concerns.
We encourage families to understand that part of the rehabilitation process for a person while incarcerated is learning to accept responsibility for oneself and following the rules and procedures for obtaining information or addressing grievances about situations that affect him or her. Any correctional officer or the person in prison’s classification officer will be able to assist them should they need help understanding appropriate procedure. As such, inquiries should be initiated by the person in prison through the appropriate staff member where he/she is assigned and not through a family member.
People in prison are first encouraged to speak with staff if they have an issue of concern or need. However, if for some reason communicating with a staff member is not helpful, they are asked to put their concerns in writing and submit the letter to appropriate staff. Lastly, if these mechanisms do not answer their question or address their grievance, they may submit the issue through the Administrative Remedy Procedure (ARP).
The Department and all local jails housing people in DPS&C custody have established Administrative Remedy Procedures (ARP) through which an imprisoned person may, in writing, request a formal review of a complaint related to any aspect of his/her incarceration. Such complaints include actions pertaining to conditions of confinement, personal injuries, medical malpractice, time computations, or challenges to rules, regulations, policies, or statutes. Through this procedure, people in prison shall receive reasonable responses and, where appropriate, meaningful remedies.
Individuals in prison are assigned to facilities based on custody classification, space availability, level of care designations (medical and/or mental health), and many other contributing factors. While DPS&C would like to make assignments with only geographical considerations in mind, it is not possible to do this based on the demand for beds in various areas of the state. As such, people in prison are placed in locations that best meet their needs and the space needs of the Department. Written transfer requests should be initiated by the person in prison to the Warden of the facility at which he/she is assigned. The request should include specific explanations for the transfer. When people in prison are moved into state operated facilities, they are usually first processed through the Adult Reception and Diagnostic Center (ARDC) at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (for males) or the Louisiana Correctional Center for Women (for females) before being assigned to a permanent location. Headquarters does not get involved in specific transfer requests, as assignments are coordinated through the appropriate classification process at the assigning facility or local jail.
If a person in prison’s release date has been calculated, you can contact the Department’s automated system at (225) 383-4580 with the imprisoned person’s name and either his/her date of birth or DPS&C number to find out his/her release date, facility, or P&P District Office to which he/she is assigned and contact information for those locations. If there is no date available on this system, the time calculation has not been completed yet and callers are encouraged to call again later. This system is automatically updated and will have the information as soon as it is available. If a person has recently been sentenced to DPS&C custody, the Department has to receive official paperwork from the sentencing court in order to calculate the person’s release date. For additional information on time computation related issues, you can call our automated system at (225) 342-0799.
Every imprisoned individual is sent a copy of his or her Master Prison Record document reflecting the calculation of his/her sentence when the calculation is complete. If there are questions about time computation, people housed in state facilities should write the Records Office at their assigned facility. For people housed in local facilities, they are advised to submit their questions in writing following the Administrative Remedy Process. While people in prison often ask family members or friends to contact the Office of Adult Services on their behalf about time computation questions, the imprisoned person should be encouraged to follow appropriate procedures to ensure that staff has the information and time needed to respond to his or her concerns.
People in prison who participate in Certified Treatment Rehabilitation Programs can write the program coordinator if they have questions about their eligibility for program credits. Credits for program completion can take up to 90 days, though they are usually awarded within a few weeks. They are prioritized based on the person’s discharge date. People in prison who do not agree with credits given for any particular program may file a grievance under the Administrative Remedy Procedure as noted in Time Computation Section.
People in prison may request to participate in programs through Classification in state facilities and through program coordinators at the local facilities. Requests should be submitted in writing to the appropriate person by the person in prison. Staff in state facilities and/or program coordinators at local facilities may then enroll eligible and suitable imprisoned people in programs based upon identified need and other suitability factors.
An imprisoned individual’s work release eligibility date is noted on the Master Prison Record as “WRE.” The Office of Adult Services will automatically evaluate an imprisoned person’s eligibility for this program when he or she becomes eligible. If an imprisoned person has questions about his/her eligibility for the Transitional Work Program, he/she should write the Records Office at the facility where he/she is assigned. Unless precluded by law or Department regulation, in general people in prison are eligible for the Transitional Work Program up to four years prior to their discharge date. There are some instances in which an imprisoned person’s eligibility is limited to the 6 months or 12 months of his or her incarceration, based on his or her offense and time served. Staff will be able to assist the imprisoned person in understanding when he or she will be eligible for Transitional Work Program participation.
Eligibility does not ensure placement in the Transition Work Program as there are usually more people in prison eligible than there are jobs available. The Department makes every effort to place eligible people in the program, although it may not be for the entire period of their eligibility.
All people in prison should only have access to telephone services through the provided phone system at the facility where they are assigned. Each person imprisoned at state operated correctional facilities is limited to having up to 20 approved numbers on his/her master telephone list. This includes all family, personal and legal contacts. Changes to the imprisoned person’s master telephone list can be made on a quarterly basis and is directed by the administration of the facility. To set up billing accounts for phone service or if there are problems receiving calls, family members may contact 1-800-844-6591 for telephone related inquiries. Prison telephone services are currently provided by Securus Technologies. The staff at this number and website will not be able to assist in approval of contact lists.
People incarcerated in local level facilities must utilize the phone systems that are set up in those facilities. Information on how to use the system can be obtained from the staff at the assigned facility by the imprisoned person.
In no instance is a person in prison allowed to possess or utilize a cellular telephone while incarcerated. Family and friends are warned not to send or bring cellular telephones to people in prison and doing so will result in prosecution for introduction of contraband into a correctional facility and may be subject to a fine up to $2,000 and up to five years in prison.
People who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child family member, or who have a documented history of sex abuse with a minor child family member, are ineligible to visit with any minor child, including their own biological or step-child.
People who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child who is not a family member are ineligible to visit with any minor child. However, at the warden’s discretion, sex offenders may be authorized to visit with their own biological child. The legal guardian shall submit a written request and shall accompany the minor child during the visit. If approved by the warden, the visit may be contact or non-contact at the warden’s discretion.
The warden may consider special visits for sex offenders who have successfully completed or are participating satisfactorily in sex offender treatment when the legal guardian has submitted a written request and accompanies the minor child during the visit.
The legal guardian may be permitted to name another individual (other than the legal guardian) who is on the imprisoned person’s visiting list to accompany the minor child for a visit. The legal guardian shall provide a written, notarized statement authorizing a specific individual to accompany the minor child.
People in prison are put on notice about how the disciplinary process works while incarcerated and the procedures are outlined in the rulebook. They are also advised of their right to appeal at the time of a disciplinary hearing and the appeal must be submitted to the facility at which the hearing occurred. Any issues regarding disciplinary matters should be handled through these procedures. An imprisoned person who needs help understanding these procedures may ask staff at the facility where he or she is housed for assistance.
Upon intake into a state facility, imprisoned people are provided information in writing about the Department’s rules for handling mail to people in prison, utilizing the “Notification of Mail Handling” form. People in prison are not allowed to receive packages, publications, greeting cards, or post cards from their families. People in prison may only receive packages through Union Supply Direct, who is the approved package vendor for the Department. Family, friends, and people in prison may purchase packages. Please visit Union Supply’s website for more information regarding ordering periods.
However, family and friends are allowed to send correspondence (letters), which must be addressed to the facility to which the imprisoned person is housed and must include the person’s name and DPS&C number on the envelope. In addition, do not send cash or stamps through the mail or photographs that have a hardback. These particular items will be rejected and cash will be confiscated.
People in prison can receive money in the following ways:
Details on sending money to people in prison can be found here.
Funds cannot be sent to imprisoned people from other imprisoned people or the families of other imprisoned people without prior approval of the Warden. Funds cannot be sent to people in prison from people who were formerly imprisoned or their families, or employees and their families
If an imprisoned person has questions about their financial account, he or she is encouraged to ask staff or write a letter to Inmate Banking where they are assigned and a written response will be provided explaining the finding of their account review. Families of people in prison will not be given information relative to a person in prison’s bank accounts.
Due to confidentiality, release of medical/mental health information is strictly governed by regulation. If you are inquiring about a specific person in prison and are not authorized by regulation to access this information, appropriate release of information forms must be on file and then only authorized staff members may discuss this information with you. In these cases, you should contact the facility where the imprisoned person is housed. Please be aware that even in instances where one is authorized to access this information, only general information will be shared over the phone.
People in prison are oriented on how to access the medical staff 24/7 at the facility where they are housed through established sick call procedures. In serious medical situations, any staff member will assist an imprisoned person in obtaining medical treatment. Medical staff will make a determination about his/her treatment.
Serious concerns of abuse or mistreatment that puts a person in prison in immediate danger, should be directed to the warden of the facility where that person is housed.
Under Louisiana law, particularly the provisions of R.S. 15:574.12, the records of people in prison (past, present or future), in the custody of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Corrections Services is confidential and cannot be disclosed, directly or indirectly, to anyone. This is not to say that some information, in the hands of another state agency or subdivision of the state, is not available. However, pursuant to state law, while held by this Department, that information is confidential. Consequently, we are unable to accommodate any request for any kind of data sharing on any terms.
The only way to seek restoration of firearm rights is to apply for a pardon with restoration of firearms rights. More information on clemency can be found on the Louisiana Board of Pardons and Parole page.
In Louisiana, the right to vote is automatically restored upon completion of your sentence of imprisonment, probation, or parole. Once a person has completed a sentence of imprisonment or supervision, he or she will receive documentation from the facility where he or she was incarcerated or from the probation officer stating that he or she has completed his or her sentence (if this document is lost, the returning resident will need to contact the P&P District Office where he or she was supervised or the Clerk of Courts Office). The returning resident will take this documentation to the Registrar of Voters’ Office with a completed voter registration form, where his or her name will be restored to the voting rolls.
If convicted before the current state constitution took effect, which was January 1, 1975, a returning citizen must apply for and receive a pardon from the governor to regain his or her right to vote.
Voters must register to vote at least 30 days prior to an election. If a voter registration application is mailed to the elections office, it must be postmarked at least 30 days prior to the election in which the voter intends to vote.