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Program A: Sheriffs' Housing of State Inmates

Program Authorization: R.S. 15:824; R.S. 33:1432; R.S. 15:574.2-574.21; R.S. 15:1111; Hayes Williams, et al v. John McKeithen, et al CA 71-98-b (M.D. La.)

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

The mission of the Sheriff's Housing Program to provide a safe and secure environment for the adult male and female offenders and juveniles who have been committed to state custody and are awaiting transfer to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C), Corrections Services. Due to space limitations in state correctional institutions, the DPS&C, Corrections Services, continues its partnership with the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association and other local governing authorities by utilizing parish and local jails for housing offenders. Louisiana houses more state offenders in local jails than any other state. In FY 1998-99, the state reimbursed sheriffs at the rate of $22.00 per day per state inmate housed in local jails. This Executive Budget includes a recommended increase to $23.00 per day per inmate housed in local jails.

According to a 1998 Legislative Fiscal Office (LFO) survey, 14 of 16 Southern Legislative Conference states surveyed confined inmates in local jails. The shifting of inmates to the local level has caused some jails to house inmates in excess of designed capacities. Of the 10 states reporting local jail capacity data, state inmates filled approximately 14% of those beds. Local jail populations exceed reported capacity in six of the ten states reporting total jail populations. In Louisiana, state prisoners generally occupy about 40% of the prisoner beds available in local prisons. According to the LFO survey, 44.5% of Louisiana's local jail population was made up of state inmates as of July 1, 1998. In that survey, Louisiana reported local jails at 114.6% of capacity as of July 1, 1998.

Because of the critical need for close coordination between state and local government in the management of prison and jail bed space, the DPS&C, Corrections Services, the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association, and other interested parties have forged a Community Corrections Partnership to assure maximum efficiency in the system. Assistance in the construction of new jail space, effective utilization of the space, and a joint monitoring and quality assurance mechanism are key components. The department and local public entities agree to provide jail space in excess of local needs in exchange for the state's commitment to utilize a fixed percentage of the space. This arrangement enables financing of the facility when other options are not available and allows expansion of the number of beds for local use as well as state use. By June 1998, the department had signed 29 cooperative endeavor agreements for adult beds, all of which had been approved by the Division of Administration. As a result, the department gained access to about 920 beds. Additional approved beds not yet finished being constructed will add approximately 2,643 spaces for state inmates and 4,017 for local use.

The department and the Louisiana Sheriffs' Association have jointly developed a comprehensive set of basic jail guidelines, which must be followed by any parish prison or local detention facility as a condition of housing state inmates. This voluntary quality assurance effort has done much to ensure that the basic conditions under which state inmates are housed in local facilities are safe and constitutional.

The goal of the Sheriffs' Housing of State Inmates Program is to continue the Community Corrections Partnership and to reimburse local authorities through the program.

OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS

Unless otherwise indicated, all objectives are to be accomplished during or by the end of FY 1999-2000. Performance indictors are made up of two parts: name and value. The indicator name describes what is being measured. The indicator value is the numeric value or level achieved within a given measurement period. For budgeting purposes, performance indicator values are shown for the prior fiscal year, the current fiscal year, and alternative funding scenarios (continuation budget level and Executive Budget recommendation level) for the ensuing fiscal year (the fiscal year of the budget document).

 

 

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded entirely with State General Fund.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$110,024,152

$110,024,152

0

 

ACT 19 FISCAL YEAR 1998-1999

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

         

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$110,024,152

$110,024,152

0

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET – November 20, 1998

         

 $344,718

 $344,718

 0

 

Workload – Extra Day 

$21,392,031

$21,392,031

0

 

Workload – Increase from 12,810 to 15,254 inmates

$5,644,086

$5,644,086

0

 

Other Adjustment - Increase in Sheriff per diem by $1.00 per day

 

 

 

 

 

$137,404,987

$137,404,987

0

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$27,380,835

$27,380,835

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 124.9% of the existing operating budget. It represents 103.4% of the total request ($132,888,645) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is due to an increase of 2,444 state inmates housed in the local jails and parish jails for a total of 15,254 state inmates housed in local and parish jails and it is due to an increase of $1.00 per day in the cost to house State inmates in local facilities.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

OTHER CHARGES

$128,820,974

 

Provides for the housing of 15,254 state inmates in parish and local jails

$100,000

 

Provides the reimbursement of extraordinary medical expenses incurred by sheriffs and police departments for state inmates housed in parish and local jails

$2,203,363

 

Provides for Vernon Parish, Sabine Parish, Natchitoches Parish and Morehouse Parish Law Enforcement Districts debt retirement

$2,301,858

 

Provides for medical/psychiatric payments to Orleans Parish Sheriff for the adult and juvenile offenders incarcerated in the Orleans parish jail

 

 

$3,978,792

 

Sheriffs’ Work Release

     

$137,404,987

 

TOTAL OTHER CHARGES

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

This program does not have funding for Acquisitions and Major Repairs for Fiscal Year 1999-2000.

 


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