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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 of 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 PCC

 

1991-92

1992-93

1993-94

1994-95

1995-96

1996-97

Number of inmates per corrections security officer

4.1

3.5

3.7

3.8

3.7

3.6

Number of escapes

3

0

0

2

1

0

Number of apprehensions

3

0

0

2

1

0

Number of major disturbances

Not Available1

1

1

0

2

2

Number of minor disturbances

Not Available1

13

25

74

43

27

Number of assaults:

a. Inmate on staff

b. Inmate on inmate

 

Not Available1

Not Available1

 

25

97

 

14

114

 

26

90

 

20

86

 

11

100

Number of sex offenses

Not Available1

21

40

30

28

32

1Data 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 work crews at rest areas. The fees and self-generated revenues are derived from the following: (1) funds received from inmate banking to cover administrative cost incurred from managing the inmate banking program; (2) funds received from employee purchase of meals; (3) funds received for reimbursement for identification cards for visitors and copier use; (4) funds received for reimbursement of expenses incurred to provide security coverage for the Beauregard Nursery Tree Farm, and the Vinton work crew; (5) funds received from offenders for damages to institutional property; and (6) funds received from offenders for maintenance expenses of telephones in the dormitories.

ANALYSIS OF RECOMMENDATION

GENERAL FUND

TOTAL

T.O.

 

DESCRIPTION

 

 

 

 

 

$7,876,050

$8,190,487

231

 

ACT 18 FISCAL YEAR 1997-1998

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BA-7 TRANSACTIONS:

$53,970

$53,970

0

 

Carryforward for acquisitions and major repairs

 

 

 

 

 

$7,930,020

$8,244,457

231

 

EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET - December 10, 1997

 

 

 

 

 

($53,970)

($53,970)

0

 

Non-Recurring Carryforward for acquisitions and major repairs

$294,095

$294,095

0

 

Equipment/Major Repairs Adjustment(s) (Non-recurring: -$55,905; Replacement/New: +$350,000)

$121,207

$121,207

0

 

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

$136,152

$136,152

0

 

1998 -'99 Merit Pay Adjustment(s)

($34,590)

($34,590)

(1)

 

Personnel Reduction(s)

($367,201)

($367,201)

0

 

Attrition Adjustment(s)

($32,518)

($32,518)

0

 

Retirement Rate Adjustment(s)

$360

$360

0

 

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

$259,413

$259,413

0

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

$8,252,968

$8,567,405

230

 

TOTAL RECOMMENDED

 

 

 

 

 

$322,948

$322,948

(1)

 

DIFFERENCE (TOTAL RECOMMENDED AND EXISTING OPERATING BUDGET)

The total means of financing for this program is recommended at 104.0% of the existing operating budget. It represents 73.4% of the total request ($11,679,764) for this program. The increase in the recommended level is primarily attributed to the funding of the security pay plans and acquisitions and major repairs. The decrease in the Table of Organization is due to the elimination of one vacant position.

PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

$1,202

 

Veterinary Services performed on horses and dogs

 

 

 

$1,202

 

TOTAL PROFESSIONAL SERVICES

OTHER CHARGES

 

 

Interagency Transfers:

$360

 

User fee for radio system - Department of Public Safety

 

 

 

$360

 

TOTAL INTERAGENCY TRANSFERS

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS

$350,000

 

Replace one vehicle, one tractor, radios, forklift, lawnmowers and various pieces of office equipment; repair inner perimeter fence, replace windows in cellblock and renovate old dairy barn to be used by the tactical unit.

 

 

 

$350,000

 

ACQUISITIONS AND MAJOR REPAIRS


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