C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center (PCC) is located in Beauregard Parish, just north of DeQuincy. The institution, which was originally known as Louisiana Correctional and Industrial School, was renamed on May 26, 1993. Phelps Correctional Center was constructed in 1958 to provide housing for male first offenders, considered suitable for rehabilitation. Institutional property consists of over 700 acres, which are used to raise cattle, pine trees, and garden crops. Ten dormitories, four honor cottages, and fifteen cells provide housing for a maximum of 781 minimum and medium custody inmates. A cellblock with 52 cells is used to house inmates who become disciplinary problems. Phelps Correctional Center attained American Correctional Association accreditation in January 1994 and was released from the federal consent decree in 1997.
The mission of Phelps Correctional Center is to provide for the custody, control, care and treatment of adjudicated adult offenders through enforcement of the laws and implementation of programs designed to reintegrate offenders into society while ensuring the safety of the public.
The goals of Phelps Correctional Center are:
1. Provide for the custody and care of persons committed to the custody of Corrections Services through the provision of food services, medical services, mental health services, and placement of offenders in appropriate housing that is the least restrictive setting possible without creating undue public or institutional risk.
2. Provide rehabilitation opportunities to offenders through literacy, academic, and vocational programs, religious guidance programs, recreational programs, and on-the-job training.
C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center has four programs: Administration, Incarceration, Rehabilitation, and Health Services.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $110,813 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $350,110 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 service 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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