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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 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.

SECURITY TRENDS AT WTF-N

 

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of inmates per corrections security officer

4.7

4.9

5.0

5.0

5.0

4.2

Number of escapes

3

0

0

1

0

1

Number of apprehensions

4

0

0

1

0

1

Number of major disturbances

Not Available1

2

1

1

0

0

Number of minor disturbances

Not Available1

2

6

2

12

3

Number of assaults:

     a. Inmate on staff

     b. Inmate on inmate

 

Not Available1

Not Available1

 

0

33

 

2

35

 

0

31

 

1

26

 

0

29

Number of sex offenses

Not Available1

2

4

20

2

4

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

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 Pinecrest State School, DOTD and Huey P. Long Medical Center for reimbursement of correctional officers' salaries for supervising inmate work crews. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from the following: (1) employee purchase of meals; (2) funds received from public entities for the cost of supervising inmate work details; (3) funds received from the inmate canteen to cover the administrative cost incurred in managing the inmate canteen; (4) funds received from telephone commissions; and (5) required medical co-payments by inmates for certain medical visits and prescriptions.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$3,908,188

$4,293,752

124

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$878

$878

0

 

Act 1281 of 1997 to reimburse legal fees incurred by Rex L. Powell

 

 

 

 

 

$3,909,066

$4,294,630

124

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($878)

($878)

0

 

Non-Recurring Adjustment(s) for legal fees incurred by Rex L. Powell as appropriated in Act 1281 of 1997

$17,237

$17,237

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$58,363; Replacement/New: +$75,600)

$65,651

$65,651

0

 

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

$64,971

$64,971

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($262,503)

($262,503)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($17,584)

($17,584)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$138,732

$138,732

0

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

$3,914,692

$4,300,256

124

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$5,626

$5,626

0

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 100.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 79.4% of the total request ($5,416,255) for this program.

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

$75,600

 

Replace one vehicle, radios and kitchen equipment; upgrade the underground tank and line

 

 

 

$75,600

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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