The Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) is an adult male, multi-level security institution located at St. Gabriel. The prison, which opened in 1979, has an operational capacity of 2,186. This Executive Budget recommends an increase in operational capacity to 2,230. The EHCC serves two major correctional functions. In addition to housing male inmates on a permanent basis, the EHCC is the primary intake point of adult male offenders committed to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C). This function is known as the Adult Reception and Diagnostic Center (ARDC). The EHCC received American Correctional Association accreditation in August 1993 and was released from the federal consent decree in 1997.
The EHHC is the second largest prison in the state. As a multi-level security facility, the EHCC has within its confines all three levels of custody--minimum, medium, and maximum. By departmental policy, the EHCC receives and holds other medium security disciplinary transfers, mental health and medical concerns, shock incarceration participants, lifers, and trustees assigned to work crews. All transfers affecting state inmates must be processed through the Transfer Section. The EHCC also serves as the medical facility for seriously or chronically ill inmates.
The mission of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center is to provide a controlled correctional environment in a professional manner so as to protect the safety of the general public, the surrounding community, the staff, and the offender population. In addition, the EHCC provides each inmate the opportunity to become a successful citizen upon release through the provision of an assortment of assessment, diagnostic, work, educational, self-help, discipline, medical, mental health, and social programs.
The goals of the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center are:
The Elayn Hunt Correctional Center has five programs: Administration, Incarceration, Rehabilitation, Diagnostic, and Health Services.
This agency's recommended appropriation does not include any funds for short-term debt.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $1,201,563 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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