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October 24, 2014

Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

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6925 Highway 74
St. Gabriel, LA 70776
P:225-642-3306

Warden: Howard Prince

Mission Statement

It is the mission of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) to provide a controlled correctional environment in a professional manner so as to protect the safety of the general public, the surrounding community, the staff, and the offender population. Each offender will be provided basic services relating to adequate food, clothing, healthcare and shelter. EHCC provides an assortment of assessment, diagnostic, work, educational, self-help, discipline, medical, mental health and social programs in an environment that fosters respect for both offenders and personnel. Offenders are also provided an opportunity to make restitution and to participate in reentry initiatives as a mechanism to compensate individuals and communities harmed by crime.

Goals and Objectives:

  1. Continue to provide for the safety of the public, employees and offenders with a system of operation that promotes the stability of the institution.
  2. Continue to prepare offenders for release with educational programs and provide an environment that promotes change.
  3. Continue to provide quality medical and mental health services and custody screening.
  4. Further reduce operations cost and manage as efficiently as possible.
  5. Maintain accreditation with the American Correctional Association and increase staff membership.
  6. Increase employee retention.
  7. Focus on workforce development which supports our agency’s objectives and long-range planning through cross-training.

Driving Directions:

From Baton Rouge (70810), take I-10 (South-East). Travel 6.7 miles. At I-10 Exit 173, bear RIGHT (South-West) onto HWY 73. Travel 1.1 miles. Turn RIGHT (West) onto HWY 74. Travel 5.8 miles. Turn RIGHT (North) onto Hunt Correctional Center Road.

Visiting Information

It is the policy of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center to provide offenders the opportunity to visit with all persons on their approved visitor’s list. The number of visitors an offender may receive and the length of visits may be limited to institution’s schedule, space, personnel constraints, or when there are substantial reasons to justify such limitations.

If the offender’s stay at ARDC (Intake process) exceeds thirty days, it will be possible for the offender to request and receive special visits pending Administration approval. Such visits are generally allowed with certain members of the immediate family i.e. parents, legal spouse, sibling, grandparent, or child of the offender.

Offenders assigned to EHCC must submit their requests for special visits in writing to the appropriate Unit Manager. The requests must be received no later than the Tuesday preceding the weekend of the desired visit. These requests must be made by the offender and not the offender’s family members. The request must include complete names, date of birth, race, sex, and driver’s license number along with the state of issuance, last four digits of the social security number, relationship, address, and the date of the requested visit.

An offender will be permitted to have up to ten individuals on his visiting list after approval is received. There are no restrictions on the sex or the relationship of the individuals chosen. Offenders should submit visiting requests to their classification officer.

For the first thirty days after an offender enters EHCC, identifiable immediate family members (i.e. the offender’s parents, legal spouse, grandparents, siblings, and children of the offender) will be allowed to visit. After thirty days, they must be on an approved visiting list to continue to visit. These individuals can be officially added to the visiting list after they return the questionnaires, which are sent by the offender. However, visiting privileges for these individuals will end if they do not mail the completed questionnaires to EHCC within thirty days from offender’s reception to EHCC. Attorney visits are scheduled through the office of the Assistant Warden for Security. Special visits at EHCC are very limited, except with regard to approving extended visits for approved visitors who travel long distances. All special visit requests must be submitted by the offender to their Unit Manager by the Tuesday of the week of the desired visit.

Criminal histories are checked on every visitor. Prospective visitors who lie about their arrest history will be denied for falsification. An individual can only be on the visiting list of one offender unless he/she is an immediate family member of two or more offenders. Offenders who are found guilty of contraband as it relates to drugs are subject to be placed on “No Contact” visiting status. Additionally, visitor(s) bringing in drugs or other forms of contraband will be subject to arrest and permanent termination of visiting privileges.

Educational Programs

EHCC offers a wide range of job opportunities to itsoffender population; jobs that not only serve the institution, the Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DPS&C), and the surrounding community but the offenders as well by instilling a work ethic and, in many cases, offering job skills for the future.

Generally, all able-bodied offenders are required to work in the field operation before becoming eligible for other work.  Included in the job pool at EHCC are the Kitchens, the Chemical Plant and numerous Community Work Crews.

There are several educational programs at EHCC. Academically, there is a literacy program; a basic adult education course designed to upgrade reading and mathematics skills; a High School Equivalency (HSE) preparatory course designed to enable an offender an opportunity to take the HiSET test; and a special needs program designed to prepare those who do not have sufficient academic training to enter into a vocational education program.

Baton Rouge Community College programs are available in Welding, Carpentry and Air Condition and Refrigeration.  Additionally, EHCC offers ServSafe and Job-Life Skills training. Qualifying offenders can also earn certifications such as National Center for Construction Education and Research — NCCER Module Credits, HVAC/EPA certifcation for A/C technicans, OPEESA Small Engine Technician certification, and OSHA General Industry Certification.

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