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Program B: Incarceration

Program Authorization: R.S. 15:821-840.2 and R.S. 36:401-409

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

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 between 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 moving and litter collection. The project is a direct result of the commitment of 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.

SECURITY TRENDS AT AVC

 

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of inmates per corrections security officer

4.0

3.8

4.2

4.2

4.7

4.7

Number of escapes

0

0

0

0

0

0

Number of apprehensions

0

0

0

0

0

0

Number of major disturbances

Not Available1

1

0

4

2

2

Number of minor disturbances

Not Available1

94

42

49

45

46

Number of assaults:

a. Inmate on staff

b. Inmate on inmate

 

Not Available1

Not Available1

 

10

250

 

16

87

 

11

292

 

13

374

 

10

358

Number of sex offenses

Not Available1

67

66

42

39

68

1 Data for this indicator were not compiled during this fiscal year.

RESOURCE ALLOCATION FOR THE PROGRAM

SOURCE OF FUNDING

This program is funded with state general fund, interagency transfers, and fees and self-generated revenues. The interagency transfers are derived from the Department of Transportation and Development for security costs associated with providing inmate road crews. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from the following: (1) funds received from telephone commissions on the telephones in the dormitories; (2) employee purchase of meals; (3) funds received from the inmate canteen fund to cover the administrative cost of managing the inmate canteen program; and (4) required medical co-payments by inmates for certain medical visits and prescriptions.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$10,257,584

$10,516,988

338

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$0

$0

0

 

None

 

 

 

 

 

$10,257,584

$10,516,988

338

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

$51,430

$51,430

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$70,570; Replacement/New: +$122,000)

$161,953

$161,953

0

 

Annualization of 1997 -'98 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

$171,899

$171,899

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($42,787)

($42,787)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($97,651)

($97,651)

(4)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

($499,347)

($499,347)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

$365,568

$365,568

0

 

Chase Team premium pay, Corrections Security Officer retention pay and Master Sergeant pay plans

($25,898)

($25,898)

(1)

 

Transfer one secretary position to the Administration Program to properly reflect funding in the appropriate program

 

 

 

 

 

$10,342,751

$10,602,155

333

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$85,167

$85,167

(5)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDATION AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 101.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 82.4% of the total request ($12,870,929) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the funding of the Corrections Security Officer pay plans. The personnel reduction is due to the elimination of four (4) vacant positions. The elimination of these vacant positions, along with the attrition adjustment, are recommended to provide the necessary adjustments needed to fully fund the 333 recommended positions.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

This program does not have funding for Professional Services for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

OTHER CHARGES

This program does not have funding for Other Charges for Fiscal Year 1998-1999.

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$122,000

 

Replace two vehicles, security radios, various kitchen equipment and maintenance equipment

 

 

 

$122,000

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

08 DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY AND CORRECTIONS


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