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EBR PARISH PRISON UPDATE

Coronavirus (COVID-19)– Returning to Normal EBRPP Operations

November 9, 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 August 3, 2021. 

Effective Monday, November 15, 2021, the EBRPP will reopen to the public. Temperatures will be checked prior to entry into the facility.  All persons will be required to obey posted signage directing for the wearing of a mask over their nose and mouth and to maintain a 6 (six) foot distance from others during the duration of their visit. 

Interview rooms previously used by attorneys and those approved to conduct professional interviews and evaluations are being reopened for use 7 days a week between the hours of 8 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm. We ask that everyone approved to utilize the rooms abide by the posted signage when in the interview rooms. Masks should be worn properly covering nose and mouth and a six foot distance shall be maintained throughout the duration of time spent in the interview rooms.  Due to the limited space, interviews will be approved on a first come first served basis.  Agencies requesting interviews with inmates must make their requests in writing to cfontenot@ebrso.org for handling. 

Family visitation is now being transitioned into non-contact video visitation.  Family and friends on approved visitation lists will be able to visit from home seven days a week or from video visitation kiosks located in designated lobby areas of the Parish Prison on Wednesdays from 8 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm. To sign up for video visitation, please follow the link below:

East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office, LA - The Visitor by ICSolutions (icsenforcer.com)

Also, we will end the practice of recording actual temps of all who enter the Parish Prison and only record those who have high temperatures.

The two free phone calls per week per inmate will end on December 1, 2021.

Messages for inmates to contact their attorneys will no longer be handled by the prison administration.  Attorneys can contact https://icscorrections.com/facilities/la_batonrouge.html for more information regarding inmate calls.  These calls are not free at this time however they are privileged and unrecorded.

Delivery of packages (i.e., UPS, FedEx, etc.) can be delivered to all parts of the prison, including the medical area. 

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 will be done in the Central Booking 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 enter the facility at this time. All will be escorted by security and all must wear masks and have temperatures taken (only those registering high temperatures will be recorded) 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. Any questions about the health care of an inmate at the jail should be directed to CorrectHealth, LLC. Their contact information is:            

Correct Health, LLC | East Baton Rouge Parish Prison
2867 Brig. General Isaac Smith Ave. Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Phone: (225) 358-4644 ext. 7232 | Fax: (225) 358-4647

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. 

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 conditions.  Thank you all for your patience and cooperation.

 

 


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