Other Programs and Services
Substance Abuse Program
The purpose of the Substance Abuse Program is to provide substance abuse education to those offenders identified with having a substance abuse history. In order to provide opportunities for involvement by all offenders, DCI uses a combination of classroom/group activities and self-help meetings.
It is the philosophy of the DCI Administration that discharge planning begins at admission and continues throughout the period of incarceration. There are a variety of opportunities available for self-improvement. La. R.S. 15:827.1 mandates 100 hours of pre-release training prior to being released. Participation is mandatory by law for all offenders releasing from prison. In addition to completing the 100 hours of training, a reentry team also works closely with each offender to ensure they have two forms of identification prior to their scheduled release date. The reentry team also works with local employers to place offenders in jobs and temporary housing situations.
Reentry programming enhances preparation for an offender’s release and begins when they enter the state correctional system. The offenders are encouraged to learn marketable skills, develop new behaviors, address deficiencies, act responsibly and plan for a positive future. Incarcerated offenders will receive intensified preparation in the eighteen to twenty-four months before their release.
Youthful Offender Program
This program is designed to provide an environment where youthful offenders can develop self-esteem, self-discipline and positive attitudes along with the cognitive skills necessary to re-enter society and be successful. The program provides tailored case management plans to meet the specific needs of each youthful offender as well as to create or repair family relationships. Youthful offenders must be 19 years of age or younger to participate in the program. Eligible offenders must also have five years or less to their earliest release date. Youthful offenders 16 years of age or younger will participate in the program regardless of sentence length. The program is based on voluntary enrollment and will last for a minimum of 12 months.
Faith and Character Based Program (FCBD)
The FCBD Program is offered to offenders at Dixon Correctional Institute to facilitate institutional adjustment, rehabilitation, reintegration into the community, reduction of recidivism, and offer a full range of religious accommodations. Participation is voluntary and the opportunity to participate is available to all eligible offenders. Additionally, in cooperation with other reentry programs, the FCBD is an essential component in preparing the offender for release.
Religious and Volunteer Programs
The following faith groups have services and faith group studies: Protestants, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research and WICCA. Chaplains, chaplains assistants and volunteers of the appropriate faith group conduct services and faith group studies. Chaplains assistants and volunteers teach discipleship groups and intensive biblical studies.
- Incarcerated Veterans
The Medical Department delivers inpatient, outpatient and emergency health care services for offenders on a 24-hour, seven-days- a-week basis. The Medical Department at DCI is unique in that it provides the care and treatment for all dialysis patients in the department.
Services provided by the Mental Health Department include crisis intervention, individual counseling, sex offender therapy, anger management, special topics groups, character counts, case management for youthful offenders, aftercare referrals to appropriate agencies and assisting offenders with housing after release.
Recreational activities are structured to accommodate offenders of all ages and physical condition. We offer a variety of outdoor as well as indoor recreational activities. These activities include basketball, football, softball, volleyball, weight lifting, boxing, pool, and various board games.
DCI Employee Activity Committee
The DCI Employee Activity Fund was established to enhance motivation and morale among employees. The DCI Employee Activity Committee is an independent organization open to all employees. Members receive flowers upon hospitalization or the death of a family member, a gift at retirement, and are also eligible to win bank money cards drawn quarterly.
The DCI Training Department is responsible for orientation and in service training of all new hires. In addition, the Training Department has its own training academy responsible for effectively training all new correctional officers in DCI policies and procedures prior to independent assignment to their job.
DCI serves as the center for replacement heifers for all DPS&C facilities, as well as the center for receiving new breeding bulls.
DCI’s industrial operations consist of Prison Enterprises’ operations which include the Wakefield Meat Processing Distribution Plant and Warehouse, the janitorial service program which provides services for state buildings in Baton Rouge, Prison Enterprises’ embroidery operation, and an office seating assembly plant.
Offender work crews are assigned for general maintenance service to the City of Zachary and East Baton Rouge Parish. In addition, offender crews assist during emergency situations or natural disasters.
Offender work crews provide labor to local schools and state agencies. DCI supplies offender crews to pick up litter on state and interstate highways in south Louisiana.
All interested individuals and community groups or organizations are encouraged to participate with DCI in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs. Special emphasis will be made to coordinate with law enforcement agencies and courts.
PEN PALS, INC. ANIMAL SHELTER AND ADOPTION CENTER
A NON-PROFIT ORGANIZATION
TAX ID # 80-0646300
In 2005 Hurricane Katrina hit the state of Louisiana as a category 5 storm with maximum force. A conservative estimate reveals that over 50,000 animals were abandoned by their owners in New Orleans as they fled to safety. While their intentions were to return within days to retrieve their beloved pets, the animals were left trapped in homes or chained to fences, braving toxic waters, and 105 degree heat with no food or water. Hours became days as they waited to be rescued and reunited with their owners.
Rescuers were understaffed and overwhelmed by the scope of the problem and the time-critical nature of their effort. But motivated by compassion, relief came in the form of these few dedicated volunteers. Along with those volunteers, the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Dixon Correctional Institute (DCI) assisted by housing many of these abandoned animals. A make shift animal clinic was set up, and inmates were trained in caring for animals of all types, shapes and sizes. A vision was born out of tragedy.
In response to the events of this tragic and horrific situation, an agreement was made between the Human Society of the United States (HSUS), the Louisiana State University School of Veterinary Medicine and DCI, to establish a permanent and emergency temporary animal shelter on the grounds of the prison. The HSUS obtained a grant in the amount of $600,000 to fund the construction of the facilities. The permanent animal clinic (better known as Pen Pals, Inc., Dog and Cat Shelter and AdoptionCenter) provides comprehensive training for future veterinarians and promotes the rehabilitation of those incarcerated who are trained to assist.
Our belief is that tragedies will happen, but Pen Pals Inc., will be there with food and a leash in hand.
Checks or money orders can be made payable to:
Pen Pals, Inc.
c/o Dixon Correctional Institute
Post Office Box 788
Jackson, Louisiana 70748
Phone: (225) 634-1200
All dogs and cats are spayed or neutered and are vaccinated.
There is a donation fee of $40.00 to adopt
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Offender Locator Hotline
Now, anyone needing information on an offender (more than 100,000) assigned to the Department’s custody/supervision can simply call (225) 383-4580 to access the Offender Locator System, which will give the caller the offender’s housing assignment, address of the facility where he or she is assigned (160 locations), a contact phone number and a projected release date (if applicable). A caller must know the offender’s DOC number or the offender’s name and date of birth to access information. The caller must also use a touch tone phone or cell phone and can call from anywhere.