Dixon Correctional Institute (DCI) is located on a 3,000-acre site in Jackson. The institution, which opened in 1976 as the first satellite facility built following the decision to decentralize the Louisiana State Penitentiary, is now a multi-security level institution with a capacity of 1,668. DCI received ACA accreditation in August 1993 and was released from the federal consent decree in 1997.
The mission of Dixon Correctional Institute is to provide a controlled correctional environment in a professional manner so as to protect the safety of the general public, the staff, and the inmate population, maintain credibility with the public through community services and assist the department by providing goods and services through its agricultural and industrial operations. Consistent with this, DCI is responsible for providing the inmate population with meaningful opportunities to enhance, through a variety of education, work, social service and medical programs, their ability to successfully reintegrate into society upon release.
The goals of Dixon Correctional Institute 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.
Dixon Correctional Institute has five programs: Administration, Incarceration, Rehabilitation, Health Services, and Blue Walters.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $60,526 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $538,118 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 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 1998-1999 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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