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October 25, 2014

Dixon Correctional Institute

Post Office Box 788
Jackson, LA 70748
P: 225-634-1200

Warden: Darrel Vannoy

Mission Statement Driving Directions Educational Programming
Goals Visiting Information Other Programs/Services

General Information

Dixon Correctional Institute is located in East Feliciana Parish, opened in 1976 and was the first medium security satellite prison in Louisiana. In 1993, DCI was accredited by the American Correctional Association and has maintained its accreditation since then. DCI is a multi-level security institution, with a maximum capacity of 1,600 offenders. The main compound is located approximately 30 miles north of Baton Rouge and encompasses 1,135 acres of pasture, 428 acres of timber, and approximately 450 acres reserved for crops in and around Jackson, Louisiana. DCI employs a workforce of approximately 459 employees with a general operating budget of $37 million.

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Mission Statement

It is the mission of Corrections Services and Dixon Correctional Institute to provide for custody, care, control and treatment of adjudicated offenders through enforcement of laws and management of programs designed to ensure the safety of the public, staff, and offenders and reintegrate offenders into society.

Demographics

52% of DCI’s population is comprised of violent offenders. The average length of sentence is 21 years.

42% of DCI offenders are between 30-44 years of age.

Driving Directions

Dixon Correctional Institute is located approximately 30 miles north of Baton Rouge. Directions to DCI from Baton Rouge:

  • From downtown, take I-110 North for approximately 8 miles
  • Merge onto U.S. Highway 61 North via exit 8B toward Natchez and travel 12.3 miles
  • Turn right onto Louisiana Hwy. 68 and travel 9.6 miles
  • A white picket fence borders the grounds of DCI
  • Turn left at DCI’s main entrance

Visiting Information

When a visitor arrives at the prison they are to park in the front parking lot located in front of the Visiting Processing Center outside the prison gate. Anyone not visiting must leave the prison grounds. THERE WILL BE NO LOITERING IN THE PARKING LOT OR ON THE GROUNDS.

Facilities are available for handicapped persons and, if needed, the prison will provide transportation from the Visiting Processing Center to the sallyports for visiting.

An approved visitor is required to furnish positive picture identification each time they visit. This requirement must be met by anyone 15 years of age or older. If any approved visitor (one who is on an offender’s visiting list) cannot furnish positive photo identification, the Security Shift Supervisor or Duty Officer may approve entrance into the Visiting Room provided that some other means of positive identification is met.

Visitors are allowed to bring only the following items into the Visiting Room:

  • vehicle keys
  • picture identification
  • cash money for vending machines or ticket machines
  • one credit/debit card for use in JPAY kiosk machine

*NOTE: Visitors wishing to place money in an offender’s account at the time of the visit can only do so through the JPAY kiosk machine located in the Visitor Processing Office.

Emergency medications such as nitroglycerin must be left with the Visiting Desk Officer during visiting. ALL OTHER ITEMS MUST BE LOCKED IN THE VISITOR’S VEHICLE.

SEARCHES OF VISITORS:

ALL VISITORS ARE SUBJECT TO SEARCH. Introduction of contraband, drugs, alcohol or weapons into the prison is a felony for which you will be prosecuted under LA R.S. 14:402. Refusal to submited to search will result in denial of visit.

Any individual (including minors) entering any Department of Public Safety and Corrections prison is subject to searches of their property, automobile, and person. Searches include, but are not limited to: visual inspection of person or property, electronic searches of persons for narcotics, pat-down searches of your person, inspection of person or property by dogs trained to detect drugs, weapons and other contraband, strip searches of your body, and searches of your body cavities.

A visitor who is discovered introducing contraband into DCI will be subject to indefinite suspension of visiting privileges and being criminally charged. Offender visitors will not be allowed to bring weapons onto institution grounds including all parking lots. A visitor will not be permitted into this institution when the odor or effects of alcoholic beverage are present.

VISITOR DRESS CODE:

Visitors shall be properly dressed. Individuals are considered improperly dressed when attired in any of the following:

  • cut-off pants
  • halter tops, tank tops, and sleeveless shirts of any type
  • low-cut articles of clothing exposing the upper torso
  • see-through clothing
  • mini skirts
  • blue chambray shirts
  • blue jean overalls
  • gray or white sweatshirts
  • Camouflage clothing
  • No T-shirts – may be worn: A T-shirt is defined as a shirt without a collar or buttons. The following exception will apply: Visitors under the age of 15 may be allowed to wear T-shirts that are not revealing or containing logos which are sexual or racial.

Female visitors may wear culottes and skorts; however, they must be no shorter than one (1) inch above the knee. No form of seductive garment shall be allowed, and appropriate undergarments (bra and panties) must be worn. If a dress is “see-through” a slip must be worn.

Male and female visitors will be allowed to wear blue jeans and shorts. All shorts must be hemmed and must be no shorter than one (1) inch above the knee.

VISITING SCHEDULE:

Visiting will be from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.  Non-contact visiting is only on Fridays.  Visitors will not be admitted to DCI after 3:00 p.m. Visitors will be admitted to DCI as soon as possible after arrival for visiting.

Visiting will be conducted on the first four weekends of each month. Visiting will not be conducted on the fifth weekend, except when allowable as a “special privilege” with the PRIDE Program.

VISITING DURATION AND LIMITATIONS:

Due to limited space, an offender will be allowed four (4) visitors (including children).

Visiting will be two (2) hours in duration. Offenders may have two (2) visits per month from each approved visitor. Offenders are allowed four (4) visitors (including children), per two (2) hour visit. Children under the age of six months old will not be counted as one of the four visitors on the visiting list.

Visiting for offenders in the Extended Lockdown is as follows:

Level 1 offenders will be allowed two (2) visitors per visit. Each visit will be thirty (30) minutes in duration. No physical contact will be allowed.

Level 2 offenders will be allowed two (2) visitors per visit. Each visit will be one (1) hour in duration. No physical contact will be allowed.

Level 3 offenders will be allowed three (3) visitors per visit. Each visit will be one (2) hour in duration. No physical contact will be allowed.

Educational/Vocational Opportunities

DCI provides the opportunity for participation in educational and vocational classes. These include:

  • ABE/HSE (High School Equivalency)
  • Literacy
  • Collision Repair
  • Carpentry
  • Automotive Technology
  • Welding
  • SSD#1 (Special School District)
  • College courses (correspondence)

Our vocational programs are provided through a cooperative effort with Louisiana Community and Technical College System/Baton Rouge Community College.

Programming

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.

Pre-Release Programming

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

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.

Offender Organizations

  • Incarcerated Veterans
  • Jaycees
  • Toastmasters

Services/Information

Medical Services

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.

Mental Health

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

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.

Training

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.

Agricultural Programs

DCI serves as the center for replacement heifers for all DPS&C facilities, as well as the center for receiving new breeding bulls.

Industrial Operations

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.

Community Service

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.

Community Involvement

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

ADOPTION GUARANTEED

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

Please visit us at :

PetFinder.com

and on Facebook at

https://www.facebook.com/PenPalsIncAnimalShelter

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.

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