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 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.
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.
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) employee purchase of meals; (2) funds received from the Claiborne Parish Police Jury and the towns of Haynesville and Homer for reimbursement of salaries of correctional officers who supervise inmate work crews; (3) funds received from the inmate canteen to cover the administrative cost incurred in managing the inmate canteen account; (4) funds received from telephone commissions; (5) funds received from employees for housing; (6) medical co-payments required to be received from inmates for certain medical visits and prescriptions; and (7) E.A. Conway Hospital for supervision of hospital prison ward.
ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION
The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 101.1% of the existing operating budget. It represents 84.7% of the total request ($19,070,749) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the costs associated with the opening of Forcht Wade. The personnel reductions are due to the elimination of five (5) vacant positions. The elimination of the 5 vacant positions along with the attrition adjustment and the reduction of other line items are recommended to fully fund the 501 recommended positions. The position reduction of 17 positions is due to the delayed opening of Forcht Wade. The 17 positions will not be needed in Fiscal Year 1999 due to the phasing in of the functions of the Reception Center and the Special Needs Unit for the elderly. However, the 17 positions will be necessary in Fiscal Year 1999-2000.
ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS
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