Avoyelles Correctional Center (AVC), located in Avoyelles Parish, outside Cottonport, opened in October 1990 and was expanded in 1992. The prison is located on a 1,187-acre tract that includes 38 acres of vegetable fields and 80 acres on which the institution itself is sited. Inmate living areas include four dormitories (including an honor dorm for inmates who maintain a very good institutional conduct record) and a working cellblock for maximum custody inmates whose institutional conduct precludes assignment to minimum or medium custody dormitories. In February 1993, AVC began operating under the unit management concept, in which Corrections Security Officer majors serve as unit managers. This concept allows for more defined areas of responsibility and accountability. AVC received ACA accreditation in December 1992 and was released from the federal consent decree in 1997.
The mission of Avoyelles Correctional Center 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 Avoyelles Correctional Center 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.
Avoyelles Correctional Center has four programs: Administration, Incarceration, Rehabilitation, and Health Services.
This agency recommended appropriation includes $421,675 for short term debt, including Lease Purchase Agreements.
This agency does not have any long-term debt for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.
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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