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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. This 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 WCI

 

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of Inmates per corrections security officer

3.22

3.19

3.3

3.3

3.2

3.4

Number of escapes

1

1

0

0

1

0

Number of apprehensions

1

1

0

0

1

0

Number of major disturbances

Not Available1

0

3

0

0

1

Number of minor disturbances

Not Available1

21

15

20

20

8

Number of assaults:

a. Inmate on staff

b. Inmate on Inmate

 

Not Available1

Not Available1

 

9

191

 

18

185

 

17

163

 

13

147

 

8

164

Number of sex offenses

Not Available1

31

33

43

33

44

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. Interagency transfers are derived from the Department of Transportation and Development (DOTD) for providing inmate work crews to maintain interstate rest areas and for providing inmate road cleanup crews. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from the following: (1) employee purchase of meals; (2) funds received from visitors for identification cards; (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) miscellaneous receipts from offenders, attorneys, etc. for services provided by the institution; (6) funds received for reimbursement of security coverage for inmates working in the telephone disassembly crew; (7) funds received from Prison Enterprises for supplies used in the Blueberry Farms Project; (8) medical co-payments required to be received from inmates for certain medical visits and prescriptions; and (9) funds received through the Job Training Partnership Act for the hiring and training of individuals from under-privileged backgrounds.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$10,930,458

$11,282,590

345

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$28,148

$28,148

0

 

Carryforward for acquisitions

 

 

 

 

 

$10,958,606

$11,310,738

345

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($28,148)

($28,148)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for acquisitions

$248,193

$248,193

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$56,071; Replacement/New: +$304,264)

$183,487

$183,487

0

 

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

$196,785

$196,785

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($59,378)

($59,378)

(3)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

($448,356)

($448,356)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($49,511)

($49,511)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

($2,500)

($2,500)

0

 

Adjust interagency transfers with the Department of Public Safety for radio user fees

$441,892

$441,892

0

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

$11,441,070

$11,793,202

342

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$482,464

$482,464

(3)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

 

 

 

 

 

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 104.3% of the existing operating budget. It represents 90.1% of the total request ($13,085,826) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the security pay plans. The decrease in the Table of Organization is due to the elimination of three (3) vacant positions with associated funding. The elimination of the vacant positions along with the adjustment to attrition is recommended to provide the necessary adjustments needed to fully fund the 342 recommended positions.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$4,408

 

Veterinary services performed on dogs and horses

$534

 

Interpreter for hearing impaired inmates

 

 

 

$4,942

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$300

 

User fee for radio system - Department of Public Safety

 

 

 

$300

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$304,264

 

Replace two vehicles, two tractors, radios and various pieces of kitchen equipment; replace shower floors in dormitories and the sallyport gate mechanisms

 

 

 

$304,264

 

TOTAL ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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