(WAFB) - Detention systems around the nation are cracking down on visitation and ramping up COVID-19 screenings.
Defense attorneys in Louisiana are leading the charge in-state by highlighting what they claim would be potentially disastrous results from the virus spreading into detained populations.
Detention systems in the state confirmed testing is happening.
U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT FACILITIES REPORTING POSITIVE CASES
- Catahoula Correctional Center, Catahoula Parish.
- Pine Prairie ICE Processing Center, Evangeline Parish.
- LaSalle Correctional Center, La Salle Parish.
- Richwood Correctional Center, Ouachita Parish.
- River Correctional Center, Concordia Parish.
- Winn Correctional Center, Winn Parish.
FEDERAL PRISONS REPORTING POSITIVE CASES
- Federal Correctional Complex, Oakdale in Allen Parish. Inmate deaths include: 49-year-old Patrick Jones (March 19); 57-year-old Nicholas Rodriguez (April 1); 57-year-old James Wilson (April 1); 66-year-old David Townsend (April 2); 56-year-old Wallace Holley (April 2). George Jeffus (April 9); 55-year-old Michael Lilley (April 15).
- Volunteers of America residential re-entry facility, in Jefferson Parish.
STATE FACILITIES REPORTING POSITIVE CASES
- B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center, Washington Parish.
- Dixon Correctional Institute, East Feliciana Parish.
- Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, Iberville Parish.
- Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, Iberville Parish.
- Louisiana State Penitentiary, West Feliciana Parish.
- Raymond Laborde Correctional Center, Avoyelles Parish.
An official with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said Department of Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc is allowing inmate work release programs to continue since many of the participating employers are facilities and suppliers that provide necessities to the community.
The officials said work release inmates are housed in a separate facility on the compound from the rest of the population. Participants are screened before and after leaving the compound, the official said.
The official noted the program would be shutdown if any participant arrived back at the facility that officials felt was exposed to the virus and needed to be tested.
JUVENILE FACILITIES REPORTING POSITIVE CASES
- Acadiana Center for Youth Bunkie
- Bridge City Center for Youth, Bridge City
- Swanson Center for Youth Columbia
- Swanson Center for Youth Monroe
Many state and federal detention centers have changed their visitation policies to limit contact between detainees and visitors, and accommodate legal representatives.
Those policies can be reviewed using the link here.
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