The mission of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of Corrections Services is to provide for the custody, control, care, and treatment of adjudicated offenders through enforcement of the laws and implementation of programs designed to ensure the safety of the public, staff, and inmates and reintegrate offenders into society. The goals of Corrections Services are:
American Correctional Association (ACA) accreditation encompasses all of the department's goals and priorities and serves as a catalyst for productive change in the policy-making, management, and operational processes in the state's correctional institutions, probation and parole divisions, and contract programs. The ACA is a national, nonprofit organization of correctional professionals and practitioners that has developed rigorous standards for prisons and other correctional operations. The core of the department's strategic and operational plans involves achievement of accreditation departmentwide. This achievement demonstrates that the department can govern itself without the federal court's continued supervision. ACA accreditation is a credential that identifies the state correctional system as stable, safe, and constitutional.
The standards used for ACA accreditation address services, programs, and operations essential to good correctional management, including administrative and fiscal controls, staff training and development, physical plant, safety and emergency procedures, sanitation, food service, rules and discipline, and a variety of subjects that comprise good correctional practice. The department will continue to utilize accreditation as the gauge for measuring the competency, professionalism, and integrity of the state correctional system. In this regard, multi-disciplinary teams from adult and juvenile operations, institutional and support positions participate in scheduled audits of all adult and juvenile correctional institutions, nonsecure contract facilities, and work release centers. In doing so, participants gain a broad perspective and appreciation for the scope of responsibility of the entire system.
The Office of Corrections Services - Administration has five programs: Office of the Secretary, Office of Management and Finance, Adult Services, Pardon Board, and Parole Board.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommendation, $923 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1999-2000 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1999-2000 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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