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08-412 Corrections Services - Work Training Facility - North

The Work Training Facility - North (WTF-North) is located in Pineville, adjoining the Louisiana National Guard's Camp Beauregard. The WTF-North consists of approximately eight acres within the compound plus an adjacent ten acres of state-owned land used for agribusiness operations. The facility, which opened in 1970, has grown to a current capacity of 485 minimum security offenders. This Executive Budget recommends an increase in capacity to 500. Offenders are housed in dormitories (including two honor dormitories), with a twelve-cell cellblock for disciplinary, protection, or other purposes. The WTF-North received American Correctional Association accreditation in December 1992 and was released from the federal consent decree in 1997.

The mission of the Work Training Facility - North is to provide for the custody, control, care, and treatment of adjudicated offenders through enforcement of laws and implementation of programs designed to ensure the safety of the public, staff and inmates and to reintegrate offenders into society.

The goals of Work Training Facility - North are:

  1. Maximize public safety through appropriate and effective custodial and supervisory programs.
  2. Provide for the safety of correctional staff and inmates by maintaining an organized and disciplined system of operations that promotes stability in institutional and other field operations.
  3. Ensure that basic services relating to adequate food, clothing, medical care, and shelter are provided to the inmate population.
  4. Provide an environment that enables behavior change by making rehabilitative opportunities available for inmates who demonstrate motivation for change and the desire to participate in rehabilitative programs.

The mission of WTF - North is carried out through the provision of food services, medical services, mental health services, and rehabilitation opportunities to offenders (literacy and academic programs, religious guidance programs, recreational programs, substance abuse self-help programs, community service activities, and on-the-job training). WTF-North inmates maintain the physical plant at Camp Beauregard, man maintenance and support crews for federal and state agencies in the area and for local governments (Rapides Parish and the cities of Alexandria and Ball, for example), and perform agricultural work. These activities allow inmates to receive on-the-job training, prepare them for entrance into the work release program and assist them achieve a successful return to society. Inmates are also given the opportunity to participate in community service projects, a pre-release program that includes volunteers from area communities and businesses, and educational and vocational programs.

The Work Training Facility - North has three programs: Administration, Incarceration, and Health Services.

BUDGET SUMMARY

This agency's recommended appropriation includes $48,502 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.

In addition to the above recommendation, $323,213 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:

State General Fund (Direct)

 

$238,521

 

 

 

Total

 

$238,521


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