Women

Current Status of LCIW

Due to August flooding in South Louisiana, Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) is undergoing repairs and restoration. During the renovation, the offenders usually housed at LCIW are being incarcerated in one of three facilities, the former Jetson Center for Youth, Louisiana State Penitentiary, and Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. LCIW administration is temporarily located at the Jetson facility, and can be reached at (225) 778-3196. LCIW at Jetson 15200 Scenic Highway Baker, LA 70714

Mission Statement

It is the mission of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women to provide custody, control, care and treatment in a professional manner to adult female offenders through enforcement of the laws and management of programs designed to ensure the safety of the public, employees and offenders while reintegrating offenders into society.

Goals

1.  Ensure public safety by preventing escape from custody through implementation of adequate physical and procedural safeguards.

2.  Maintain accreditation with the American Correctional Association (ACA).

3.  Ensure provision of basic services to the offender population by maintaining sufficient and appropriate facilities, adequate medical and mental health services, ample pastoral care services, food services that meet basic dietary requirements and clothing conducive to the climate. Provide special accommodations to offenders when warranted.  Ensure offenders receive continuity of care in all areas.

4.  Enhance consistency in medical, mental health and security operations through internal review of programs, processes and procedures.

5.  Ensure compliance with the ADA. Expand services provided to special needs offenders, which consists of the elderly, the hearing impaired, etc. and on-going rehabilitative services to offenders.

6.  Ensure compliance with PREA standards and D.R. C-01-022, Prison Rape Elimination Act, through the adoption of the practices set forth in the PREA standards.

7.  Develop and maintain partnerships throughout the community with private and public agencies to assist in providing the offenders with a smooth transition into the community.

8.  Recruit and maintain stability in the workforce, both in security and civilian sectors through enhancement of the training program.

9.  Promote professionalism and productivity in the security and civilian division to promote the retention of staff.

10. Enhance medical division with the use of community volunteers to provide health related education to the offender population

11.  Continue to enhance wellness among the offender population.

12.  Continue to enhance the Re-Entry Program by recruiting volunteers from the community to teach specialized subjects on a recurring schedule.

13.  Enhance the provision of in-house medical services due the changes in the delivery of the offender healthcare system throughout the state.

Driving Directions

If traveling I-10 Westbound:Exit I-10 at Gonzales (Exit 177) at the Tanger Outlet Mall. Go left under the interstate on Hwy. 30. Follow Hwy. 30 until you get to Hwy. 74 at St. Gabriel. Turn right on Hwy. 74. LCIW will be on your left after about one (1) mile.

If traveling I-10 Eastbound:Take I-10 east towards New Orleans. Take Exit 173 Prairieville/Geismar and turn right onto Hwy. 73. Follow Hwy. 73 to Hwy. 74. Turn right on Hwy. 74. Proceed approximately 5.5 miles to LCIW. LCIW is on the right after a large curve.

From downtown Baton Rouge: Proceed south on Nicholson Drive (Hwy. 30) past LSU Tiger Stadium. Drive eight (8) miles to Hwy. 74. Turn left and drive one (1) mile to LCIW entrance on left.

****NOTE: ELAYN HUNT CORRECTIONAL CENTER IS SITUATED IMMEDIATELY TO THE WEST OF LCIW.

Educational Programming

The education/vocational programs provide opportunities for offenders to improve their knowledge and skills, and special activities provide productive and diverse opportunities. Educational Vocational programs include:

Basic Adult Literacy

A reading/writing program designed to teach non-readers through intermediate readers reading skills, and life skills through reading, writing, and mathematical exercises. Offenders whose test scores indicate 1.0 to 4.9 grade level are enrolled in this class.

Adult Basic Education (ABE)/Developmental Studies

ABE/Developmental Studies is a class that provides instruction in the basics of Reading, English, and Math. This program offers those offenders basic upgrades to prepare them for a variety of vocational occupations and classes offered through Baton Rouge Community College – LCIW campus. This class uses some computer instruction, as well as individual personal instruction to teach these skills. This class is open to offenders who test at or above the 5.0 grade level.

High School Equivalency (HSE)

HSE is a class that enhances instruction in Reading, English, Math, Science, and Social Studies. Offenders with test scores 5.0 and above are enrolled in this program. Students participating in this program work towards achieving their high school equivalency diploma.

Culinary Arts Class

The Culinary Arts class provides offenders with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the food service industry. This is a program offered to offenders within 36 months of release. Training emphasizes the study of foods and their nutritional content, menu planning, food processing and production, quantity cooking, using and storing equipment, sanitation, safety, serving techniques, and self management skills. As an optional component of the class, offenders have the opportunity to obtain the nationally recognized ServSafe Certificate. The grade level requirement to be admitted to this class is 9.0 or greater

Horticulture Class 

The Horticulture class provides offenders with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment as arborists, florists, horticulturists, and landscape contractors. Training emphasizes the study of plants, pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, planting techniques and planning, and management of horticultural enterprises. Testing for Louisiana State Licensure is offered to qualified candidates. The grade level requirement to be admitted to this class is 10.0 or greater.

Upholstery Class

This class provides offenders with the knowledge and skills necessary for employment in the field of upholstery.  Training is provided in restoring furniture, upholstered items, and automobile and boat interiors. This is approximately an 18 month program. The grade level requirement to be admitted to this class is 8.0 or greater.

Welding

LCIW’s Welding program takes individuals through a welding curriculum providing industry-based credentials as the student progresses.  The course is designed to provides hands-on training.  Students are instructed in stick, mig and tig welding principles, working with steel and various allows in plate and pipe configurations.  Length of the class is 12 to 18 months.  Students must score at least an 8.0 on the TABE test to potentially qualify.

Offender Reentry Programming

Reentry programming for each offender begins at intake as needs are determined and goals to be achieved during incarceration are set. Prior to release, offenders complete 100 hours of structured programming geared to prepare the offender for re-integration into society. Topics include resume writing, interviewing skills, interacting with government agencies, assistance with getting necessary information, parenting, anger management and substance abuse instruction. Community agencies also present information pertinent to release during this program.

Other Programs and Services

Program for Caring Parents

This is a visitation component in which children and grandchildren age 10 and under are allowed to come onto the grounds on the fifth Saturdays during the year to spend the day with their mothers and/or grandmothers. Other special family-centered events included in the program are the annual Easter Children’s Day and the Christmas Extravaganza. Offenders must enroll their children and grandchildren in advance to be screened for approval and attend these programs.

Teen Day is the annual visitation program that allows teenagers (11 to 17 yoa) to spend the day with their mothers and/or grandmothers.

Parenting Program

Partners in Parenting Program is a seven-week program designed to focus on concepts important for effective parenting such as communication skills, guidance techniques, and strategies for discipline. The program also focuses on building skills, providing support, and helping parents understand needs and abilities of children during the different stages of development.

Morals Integrity Group (The Louisiana Sex Offender Risk Management Project)

This group is for adjudicated offenders and has a psycho-educational component and a treatment component. Its theoretical foundation is cognitive behavioral and is strongly grounded in relapse prevention. This 26 week program allows offenders to explore the nature of the events, thoughts, and feelings related to their sexually inappropriate behavior with expectations that the offender shifts from maintaining inappropriate behaviors to expressing more appropriate and healthy sexual behavior. To graduate, offenders must successfully complete each phase, taking both pre-tests and post-tests for each phase, completing group and homework assignments and obeying group rules.

Survivors of Domestic Violence

LCIW’s Survivors of Domestic Violence Program is sponsored by the Capital Area Family Violence Intervention Center (Battered Women). The program is ten weeks in length and is facilitated by AFVIC volunteers. The program is structured in two phases. Phase I Education Group (support group) and Phase II Leadership Group (mentor group). The program focuses on teaching participants about abusive relations and helping participants learn how to build healthy relationships.

Living in Balance

This is an eight and one-half week program in which offenders receive structured programming during the evening hours and work or go to school during the day. The core sessions for this program include: alcohol and other drug education; triggers, cravings and avoiding relapse; planning for sobriety; alcohol and tobacco; spirituality; sex, drugs and alcohol; stress and emotional well-being; skills for reducing stress; negative emotions; anger and communication; and relapse prevention.

Faith Based Programs

The Faith Based Programs of LCIW provide services to meet the needs of a growing offender population while assisting offenders with their rehabilitation and reintegration into the community following release. The chaplain, as the Volunteer Coordinator, works closely with the community networking with Clergy and laymen alike from various faith groups and organizations to bring forth core changes in offenders, with the goal of reducing recidivism following release.

Big Sister’s Program

This is an orientation program for new admits to LCIW.  Representatives from various departments such as Mental Health, Records, Classification, Offender Banking and Medical partner with representatives from offender organizations to present newly assigned offenders with information on services provided by each department and how to access those services.

Offender Organizations

Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women has four (4) offender organizations: Jaycees, Lifers, Culinary Arts and Toastmasters.  These organizations all seek to provide a means for the offenders to use their time productively and to learn to give something back to society, within and outside the prison.

  • LCIW Jaycees provide training in leadership development and instill civic awareness. The Jaycees provide civic service through the organized efforts of young persons in the community by enriching the welfare of the community and its citizens through active, constructive projects.
  • In 1992, the Ladies Involved For Education Rehabilitation Service otherwise known as the LIFERS Association of LCIW was formed. The Association enables lifers to come together and assist one another through the exchange of ideas and opinions. With the assistance of the administration, the LIFERS Association hopes to establish for its members an opportunity to forge a better relationship among themselves, their families, and the community.
  • The mission of the Toastmasters Club is to provide a mutually supportive and positive learning environment in which every individual member has the opportunity to develop oral communication and leadership skills, which in turn foster self-confidence and personal growth.
  • The Culinary Arts Club provides members with knowledge and skills in the food service industry. Activities include organizing menus, budgeting, purchasing, preparing and serving quality food. The club provides opportunities to learn garnishing, nutritional content, food processing, presentation of meals, gourmet cooking, equipment, sanitation, safety and self-management skills. It help members realize their full potential in the world of food service and prepares them for productive citizenship.

Tours

OUTSIDE TOUR GROUP GUIDELINES

  1. All tours of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women will consist of a walking tour of the facility and a meeting with an offender speaker.
  2. Groups desiring a tour of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women should fax their request to the Office of the Warden at the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women at (225) 319-2757 at least two (2) weeks prior to the desired date of the tour. The request should include the name of the individual requesting the tour, telephone number, fax number, name of the tour group, preferred date, as well as an alternate date, purpose of the tour, number in group, time of arrival and sex (male/female). Groups will be limited to forty (40).
  3. Tours are scheduled on Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m. There are no tours conducted on weekends or holidays. There is one tour scheduled per week so that we can provide the group with a comprehensive overview of the facility. If an approved group should need to cancel a tour or will arrive late, they must contact the Warden’s Office at (225) 319-2382 or (225) 319-2341, so that tour guides can be placed on notice of this delay.
  4. NOTICE: Any tour arriving late without advanced notice may be cancelled. The Warden’s Office will make the final decision on cancellations.
  5. All tour groups will be notified of their approved scheduled date. Directions to the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women and Policies and Procedures for Tours will be sent to the approved tour group.
  6. The dress code should be proper and decent. No halter-tops, shorts, tank tops, see through clothing, low-cut articles exposing the upper torso, mini-skirts or mini-dresses or any form of seductive garments shall be allowed. No one will be allowed to wear camouflage, the combination of blue jeans and blue chambray shirts, gray or white sweatshirts or blue jean jackets. No flip-flops or beach shoes are allowed.  Sandals must have a back strap.  Leggings and jeggings are not allowed.
  7. Keys, purses and/or handbags will not be carried in during the tour. Keys, purses and/or handbags must be locked on the bus while the tour is being conducted. The institution will not be responsible for personal property.
  8. Physical contact between offenders and tour group members is strictly prohibited. Communication with offenders is limited to offender speakers approved by the staff. Violations will result in immediate termination of the tour.
  9. Loud, boisterous or unruly behavior will result in the tour being terminated.
  10. No cameras (video recorders, digital, etc.), tape recorders or any other recording equipment will be allowed.
  11. Tour group members are prohibited from bringing contraband on LCIW’s property. Examples of contraband are alcohol, drugs, weapons, beepers, cell phones, etc. Introduction of contraband is a felony violation of state law and is punishable by a jail sentence.
  12. One person in the tour may carry necessary prescribed medication after having them checked by the Security Tour Guide. Prescribed medication must be in containers and properly labeled.
  13. No one under the age of twelve (12) will be permitted to tour the facility.
  14. Tour group members shall obey all instructions, procedures and orders while on institutional grounds. All members of the tour group will remain with the group at all times.

Staff Support of the Community

UNITED WAY

The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women staff has proven time and time again their commitment to giving to the community. Employees participated in the Capital Area United Way campaigns for several years. Their commitment to United Way and the services this organization provides to the local community is proven in the funds raised by staff.

CIVIC/SCHOOL TOURS

It is the policy of Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women to encourage community involvement by permitting civic leagues, church groups, schools, college classes and public organizations/agencies access to tour the facility. The primary purpose of these tours is to portray an accurate and realistic account of prison life at LCIW. Special tours can also be requested to target risk groups.

AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION

Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women staff supports the American Heart Association’s Annual Heart Walk through staff and offender walker teams who raise donations for the AHA to provide research for cures, education and support to benefit those suffering from heart disease.

THE LOUISIANA SCHOOL FOR THE VISUALLY IMPAIRED

Every Christmas, the staff of LCIW sponsors a special outing at the facility for students at the Louisiana School for the Visually Impaired. Staff members purchase Christmas gifts and a staff Santa Claus passes them out to the students during the program.