Domestic Abuse phone numbers and links to help in LA

National Resource of Links on Domestic Abuse

Louisiana's rankings in Healthcare

Louisiana Public Education

Consumer's Guide  Legal Help on the Internet and a little beyond

Alcohol is the drug most often associated with violence. Source: Cychosz,C.(1996)
Alcohol and interpersonal violence: Implications for educators. Journal of Health Education. 27(2), 7377.


 Resources in Louisiana     Louisiana Alert

The rate of incarceration in prison at
yearend 2005 was 491 sentenced
inmates per 100,000 U.S. residents, up
from 411 in 1995. About
1 in every 108
men and 1 in every 1,538 women were
sentenced prisoners under the jurisdiction
of State or Federal authorities.

Corrections, Prisons, Grow

If the jail population continues to grow at the current rate, by the year 2053 the United States will have more people in jail than out.

Source: Camille Gear and David Lewis, "Locking Up the Drug Problem: Criminal and Legal Responses to Drug Addiction", Center for Alcohol Addiction Studies, Brown University, 1995.
 

 


Funding continues to grow to incarcerate alcoholics and other drug addicts

Addiction Prevention-Know the facts on Alcoholism and Alcohol Abuse!
Learn about the genetics and environmental risks for alcoholism, from the NIAAA

U.S. Department of Justice - Official government site with links to DOJ departments, publications, and funding information.
www.usdoj.gov

More Facts on Corrections

DWI Courts, for real reductions in alcohol related  highway crashes

Information on Substance Abuse and Corrections for LA in this Report.

Reducing the Prison Population Community Intervention and Supervision Programs / Institutional Programs  / Children's Initiatives
This document reviews programs like the Louisiana Drug Courts, RE-Entry Courts, and other community based programs that have shown results in reducing the recidivism of Louisiana offenders with a history of substance abuse/addiction.

The Sentencing Project, incorporated in 1986, has become a national leader in the development of alternative sentencing programs
and in research and advocacy on criminal justice policy. The Sentencing Project originated out of pilot programs developed by Malcolm C. Young, Executive Director, for the National Legal Aid and Defender Association and the National Council on Crime and Delinquency from 1981-86.

The Justice Policy Institute is a nonprofit research and public policy organization dedicated to ending society’s reliance on incarceration and promoting effective and just solutions to social problems.



The number of inmates in state and federal prisons has increased more than six-fold from less than 200,000 in 1970 to 1,387,848 by yearend 2003. An additional 691,301 are held in local jails, for a total of nearly 2.1 million.

Over 38,000 men, women, and juveniles are incarcerated in security facilities in Louisiana. In 1997, Louisiana ranked second in the nation in the number of violent crimes and third in the rate of incarceration. Our state spent an average of $4,113 on each public school student, but $13,000 on each inmate.
The Division of Probation and Parole functions as a "community services" division and consists of twenty-one District offices strategically located throughout the state and a Headquarters Office in Baton Rouge.

As of December 2003, the officers of this Division supervised a total of 61,112 offenders.

Forty percent of those imprisoned in Louisiana will be released back into society, whether they are rehabilitated or not. Studies show that of those released, almost half will be rearrested. With such a high rate of recidivism despite the incongruity between student and inmate spending, 

Treating the disease of addiction, providing comprehensive wrap around services is a solution.  Our society can't even hope to impact former inmates in a way that makes their return to our communities more positive without first addressing the addictions that often landed them in corrections in the first place.

Treatment Saves & Restores lives, Saves State money
Economist Loren Scott clearly show that effective, available  treatment saves Louisiana tax payers money, and we know it  improves communities, while saving and restoring families.

Get the Facts on Drug Courts, and why they work!
Drug Court Information! 
General Information on Recidivism and benefits from Drug Courts.

Coerced Treatment works

CASA’s 1998 report, Behind Bars: Substance Abuse and America’s Prison Population, CASA found that 80 percent of all adults incarcerated for felonies either had regularly used illegal drugs or abused alcohol, been convicted of a drug or alcohol violation, were under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol at the time of their crime, committed a crime to support their habit, or exhibited some combination of these characteristics
 

Poor Prescription-The Cost of Imprisoning Drug Offenders in the United States
By: Phillip Beaty,Barry Holman and Vincent Schiraldi
July 1, 2000
Full Report
Full Report (PDF)

Louisiana Corrections
 

 

Inmate locator requests are not available via website.  For information regarding offenders please contact:

Office of Adult Services
Phone: 225-342-9711
FAX: 225-342-3349

Other Resources-Prison Industries Produce goods and services to reduce the cost of incarceration, and to provide much needed job training and skills to those incarcerated, providing the needed skills to gain employment upon return to their communities.

Prison Enterprises operates a diversified group of industry and agriculture
operations located at nine different correctional facilities throughout Louisiana. These operations provide work opportunities to 1700-1800 inmates in almost 900 different industry and agriculture positions

Prison Enterprise's goods and services are available for sale and delivery within Louisiana to any institution or agency supported in whole or in part by funds derived from public taxation and operated under the supervision of the State of Louisiana or some political subdivision, including parish and local governments. Also eligible are bona fide non-profit organizations who are registered as such with the Louisiana Secretary of State's Office and who can demonstrate that they have attained 501(c)3 status with the Internal Revenue Service.
 


The American correctional system of the past thirty years has been characterized by a population increasing exponentially in response to shifts in policy towards mandatory minimum and determinate sentencing. Persons convicted of a crime today are far more likely to be sentenced to incarceration, and will spend a longer period in prison, than their counterparts in past decades. During 2002, the nation's state and federal prison and local jail population exceeded 2 million for the first time in history.
These trends have contributed to prison overcrowding and state governments being overwhelmed by the burden of funding a rapidly expanding penal system. The results of these decisions are prisons filled with large numbers of non-violent and drug offenders (over 50% in both state and federal prisons) at an annual cost of incarceration of $20,000 or more, along with increasing evidence that large-scale incarceration is not the most effective means of achieving public safety.

 

Justice Research and Statistics Association - National nonprofit organization of state Statistical Analysis Center directors, researchers, and practitioners. Research, publications, training and funding information.
www.jrsa.org

National Criminal Justice Reference Service - Federally-funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development.
www.ncjrs.org

National Institute of Justice - Research, development, and evaluation agency of the U.S. Department of Justice, dedicated to researching crime control and justice issues. Data, publications, and training.
www.ojp.usdoj.gov/nij

Sourcebook of Criminal Justice Statistics Online - Data from more than 100 sources about all aspects of criminal justice in the United States
www.albany.edu/sourcebook/


Federal Prison Policy Project - Promotes a system that incarcerates fewer people and provides humane conditions for those who are incarcerated in federal prisons.
www.fppr.us

Drugs Still Driving Growth in U.S. Prison Population

August 8, 2002

Overall growth in the U.S. prison population has slowed, but drug

sentences are still putting unprecedented numbers of African-Americans behind bars, the Associated Press reported July 31.

Prison populations grew slower in 2001 than at any time in the last 30 years. But 10 percent of black men between the ages of 25 and 29 were in prison, compared to 2.9 percent of Hispanic men and 1.2 percent of white men.

"If black male inmates in local jails are added, the proportion rises to nearly one in seven," said Marc Mauer, director of the Sentencing Project, which released the analysis of federal prison trends.

Drug convictions resulted in 27 percent of the increase in black incarceration, compared with 7 percent for Hispanic inmates and 15 percent for white inmates. Most of the growth in drug sentencing is in the federal prison system, while state courts are more likely to imprison violent offenders.

 

Juvenile Justice System: 

National Center for Juvenile Justice

Links and information for each state including state profiles

The State Juvenile Justice Profiles web site features rich, descriptive information and analysis regarding each state's juvenile justice system, illustrating the uniqueness of the 51 separate juvenile justice systems in this country.

Developed in collaboration with state and local juvenile justice practitioners, the State Profiles offer an evolving array of information about each state's laws, policies, and practices, with links to individuals and agencies in the field.

The National Overviews summarize information about state laws.

Each state profile contains the minimum you need to know to find your way around a state's juvenile justice system:

  • who handles intake, investigation, and probation supervision of delinquents;
  • who administers detention centers and correctional institutions;
  • who takes responsibility for juveniles after they are released from state commitment;
  • recent legislative reforms;
  • names and contact information for significant state-level advisory groups, advocacy organizations, and membership associations; and
  • state laws declaring juvenile justice purposes and philosophies, conditions under which juveniles may be tried as adults, and upper and lower age of juvenile court delinquency jurisdiction.

ABA Juvenile Justice Center - Emphasizes the right to effective assistance of counsel and the representation of delinquent youth, issues surrounding juveniles tried as adults, and conditions of confinement. Publications, news, policy analysis, and training calendar.
www.abanet.org/crimjust/juvjus/home.html

 

 

National Drug Court Related Links


American Bar Association
American Indian and Alaska Native Affairs Desk

 Office of Justice Programs
American Judges Association
American Probation and Parole Association
American Society of Addiction Medicine, Inc. (ASAM)
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA), Office of Justice Programs
Bureau of Justice statistics (BJS)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)
Center for Substance Abuse Treatment (CSAT)
Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America (CADCA)
Community Policing Consortium
Drug Court Clearinghouse/American University --AU
Drug Courts Program Office
National Acupuncture Detoxification Association (NADA)
National Association of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse Counselors
National Association of Counties
National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD)
National Center for Juvenile Justice (NCJJ)
National Center for State Courts
National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University (CASA)
National Clearinghouse of Alcohol and Drug Information (NCADI)
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
National Criminal Justice Association (NCJA)
 

Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections

National Boot Camp Directory

National District Attorneys Association
National Drug Court Institute (NDCI)
National Institute of Corrections
National Institute of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
National Legal Aid and Defender Association
National Sheriffs Association
Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS), U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice
Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP)
Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
Office of Tribal Justice, U.S. Department of Justice
RAND
State Justice Institute (SJI)
Therapeutic Communities of America (TCA)
U.S. Department of Justice

 
Group bringing spiritual health to inmates:

Very real hope does exist. One of the same studies cited above also reports that when inmates are involved in an effective prison ministry, the number of those rearrested drops from 41% to 14%. Experts agree that although vocational skills and similar forms of rehabilitation are helpful, the true change of heart required for conversion must be centered around the spiritual.

Our Mission:
To build chapels on prison grounds to further the kingdom of God.

Our Vision:
To provide a visible sign to all within prison walls that Christ is always available and able to change hearts, transform lives and restore hope.

Prisons, however, are not the model environments for promoting spirituality or fostering ministries. Yet, hundreds of lay and ordained ministers are working on a regular basis to reach inmates with the Word of God. The majority of these groups meet with inmates in cafeterias, laundries, gymnasiums, recreational rooms, medical facilities and dorms. Statewide, there are few chapels in existence on prison grounds to accommodate the prisoners. These new chapels will help to create a special place to enhance spiritual rehabilitation. This goal is the sole purpose of the Louisiana Prison Chapel Foundation.

 

 

 

 

 
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