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Message From The Sheriff

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Phase 3 – East Baton Rouge Parish Prison Operations

Updated April 9th, 2021

In continuing to protect staff and our prisoner population as well as the general public we are implementing the following operational procedures and practices. Conditions below that are bolded are updates to the allowances previously provided on September 18, 2020.  Effective Wednesday, April 7, 2021, approved family and friend visitation will reopen.

 Delivery of packages (ie UPS, FedEx, etc.) will be allowed to be dropped off in both Unit 1 and Unit 2 lobby areas. 

  • Attorneys and all other persons approved to perform official business will be allowed to visit on site, non-contact visitation booths (Female Facility Visiting Booths, East End Unit 2 and Right Side Visiting Booths on Unit 1). All attorneys will be temperature checked and asked questions concerning their health and potential exposure to COVID-19 by guard shack deputies.  All attorneys and those approved to conduct official business must wear masks that cover their mouths and noses at all times.  All attorneys and those approved to conduct official business agree to abide by the social distance protocols posted in the lobby and non-contact visitation areas.  Attorneys and those approved to conduct official business are approved to visit from 8 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm, 6 days a week.  Beginning on April 7, 2021, attorney visits and those approved to conduct official business cannot be allowed on Wednesdays due to the reopening of family and friend visitation.  Disinfectant wipes and sprays are provided in all non-contact visitation areas and should be used after each use of the booth and phones.  Please do not use spray directly on phones – utilize the wipes provided to prevent damage to phones.
  • Approved family and friend visitation will reopen on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.  Only 2 adults (17 year olds and older with valid ID) will be allowed per inmate.  Only inmates assigned to general population housing or protective custody may be allowed to visit.  Inmates who are newly incarcerated and assigned to monitoring dorms which are temp checked twice a day, inmates on quarantine dorms, inmates on isolation dorms and inmates on disciplinary detention status will not be allowed to visit until their housing status changes. All visitors will be checked by guard shack deputies – this check will include verification that they have been approved as visitors as well as have temperature checks and be asked questions concerning their health and potential exposure to COVID-19.  All approved visitors must wear masks that cover their mouths and noses at all times.  All visitors agree to abide by the social distance protocols posted in the lobby and non-contact visitation areas.  Visitors are approved to visit from 8 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 3 pm, on Wednesdays.  Deputies will ensure that disinfectant wipes and sprays are provided in all non-contact visitation areas.  All equipment and surfaces will be sprayed and wiped down with disinfectant after the completion of each visit.  
  • Unit 1 lobby capacity is set at 8 and Unit 2 lobby has a max capacity of 5. Guard Shack Deputies will ensure that no more than 8 persons are approved to enter the lobby of Unit 1 at any time and that no more than 5 persons are approved to enter Unit 2 at any time.  Persons include everyone who enters who is not an EBRPP deputy. 
  • Notaries are allowed to visit non-contact from 8 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm, 4 days a week on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday.  Wednesday is reserved for the reopening of family and friend visitation. 
  • Deputies will ensure that any paperwork needing to be signed or handled by inmates is first searched for contraband (not read) is handled through the deputy and handed back to the attorney, notary, or other official visitor.  Any paperwork that needs to be provided to an inmate is to be copied by the attorney and mailed to the inmate via legal mail.  Attorneys and those approved to conduct official business will communicate the need to have paperwork handled and/or signed with the deputy at the guard shack who will in turn inform the deputy assigned to the non-contact visitation area.  All deputies assigned to the non-contact visitation area will remain in sight but not sound distance during the visitation. 
  • New intake inmates assigned to these areas (Q9/10; lockdown areas on Q9/10; S04 and J01 or those in Central Booking or Unit 2 tanks) have not yet completed their 14 days of monitoring for COVID-19 and will not be brought to non-contact visitation areas. These inmates can contact their attorneys via privileged attorney/client phone lines that are set up through the Assistant Warden’s office.
  • Bondsmen will be allowed to surrender all persons who are cleared for housing at the jail by our medical department.  This now includes all misdemeanors with warrants.  Extraditions will not be automatic during this phase. The Transportation Department will submit prices to bondsmen for extraditions approved on a case by case basis.
  • Electronic monitoring application and all property and vehicle releases will be conducted at the Unit 1 Guard Shack. 
  • Contractors approved by CorrectHealth and City Parish Maintenance are approved to reenter the facility at this time. All will be escorted by security and all must wear masks and have temperatures taken and be asked questions regarding their health and potential exposure to COVID-19 at Guard Shack prior to being allowed entry. These visits must be set up in advance and approved by the Warden’s office and/or CorrectHealth.  Medical and mental health providers will be allowed to meet with inmates in the medical area and contractors working with City Parish as well as Pest Control contractors are permitted to work in the inmate housing areas with appropriate PPE.
  • Inmates will continue to be fed and provided sick/pill call on their assigned housing areas.  No movement to kitchens will be permitted at this time.
  • No funeral trips for inmates will be granted at this time.  Only private viewings will be considered and can only be approved with the Warden’s consent.
  • Medical co-pay for inmates continues.  Stamps will continue to be provided at “no cost” to the inmates.
  • This is the process for Attorney's to transition from Free to a Paid Service. The available services, which includes Direct Billed, is only available to attorneys and bailbond customers. Centurylink is now ICS Corrections, Inc.  https://icscorrections.com/facilities/la_batonrouge.html

In the event there is a spike of the number of COVID-19 cases, the Warden has stated that we will resort to prior restrictions that have proven to work in stopping the spread of the virus here at the parish prison.

Please do not hesitate to comment or seek further clarification on any of these Phase 3 conditions.  Thank you all.

A directory of departments and more information is available by calling (225) 389-5000.

 

 


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