Program Authorization: R.S. 15:821-840.2 and R.S. 36:401-409
The mission of the Incarceration Program is to provide for the custody, control, and care of adjudicated offenders through enforcement of the laws and implementation of programs designed to ensure the safety of the public, staff, and inmates.
The goals of the Incarceration Program are:
1. Maximize public safety through appropriate and effective correctional 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 the institution.
3. Ensure that basic services relating to adequate food, clothing, and shelter are provided to the inmate population.
4. Provide the maximum available bed space allowable by the State Fire Marshal, Department of Health and Hospitals, American Correctional Association requirements, budgeted resources, and good correctional practices.
5. Protect the investment by the state in the facility by providing an adequate maintenance program for all buildings and equipment and by following Division of Administration property control regulations.
The Incarceration Program encompasses all security and related costs. It also includes other services in keeping with the goal of providing for the custody and care of persons committed to the department's custody, such as the classification of inmates and related record-keeping, provision of basic necessities such as food, clothing, and laundry services for the inmate population, maintenance and support of the facility and other equipment, and Project Clean-Up. Project Clean-Up, a cooperative effort of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Corrections Services, and the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD), involves inmate crews for litter pickup and DOTD work crews for mowing and litter collection. The project is a direct result of the commitment by Governor and Mrs. Foster to improve the appearance of roads and highways across the state.
OBJECTIVES AND PERFORMANCE INDICATORS
1. In FY 1998-99, the Incarceration Program will provide for the secure confinement and support of offenders committed to that institution while maintaining a safe working environment for staff.
1 Data for this indicator were not compiled during this fiscal year.
SOURCE OF FUNDING
This program is funded with state general fund and fees and self-generated revenues. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from the following: (1) employee purchase of meals; (2) reimbursement from Prison Enterprises for utilities; (3) funds received for miscellaneous receipts such as sale of copies, traffic tickets, etc.; (4) funds received from the inmate welfare fund for reimbursement of salaries; (5) funds received from telephone commissions; (6) funds received from the inmate canteen to cover the administrative cost of managing the inmate canteen program; and (7) required medical co-payments by inmates for medical visits and prescriptions.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 107.4% of the existing operating budget. It represents 91.4% of the total request ($63,328,876) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the costs associated with the 230-bed expansion and the Corrections Security Officer pay plans.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
Replace two buses, one fire pumper truck, four vehicles, various security, kitchen, farm, heavy movable and office equipment; purchase security and office equipment for the 230-bed expansion; replace sewer system for the old Administration building, renovate front gate and control center, repair two towers and enlarge the armory to be in compliance with the American Correctional Association's standards.
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