Amite District (AMD)
- P.O. Box 955
- 1209 Northwest Central Ave
- Amite, LA 70422
- P: 985-748-2013
- F: 985-748-2028
District Administrator: Dennis Cothern
- St. Helena
Regular office hours are 8:00 AM to 4:30 PM (Monday- Friday)
Exit I-55 at Amite to La. Hwy 16. Turn East and travel on Hwy 16 to NW Central Av. in downtown Amite. Turn North on NW Central Av. (do not cross the railroad tracks) and travel approximately 1 mile (following the railroad tracks which will be to your right) to 1209 NW Central Av. Amite District Office is located on the left at this address in a brick building with a green metal roof.
The staff consists of a district administrator, 4 supervisors, 26 agents, 2 PPO Assistants, 1 administrative program manager, and 3 clerical workers.
The Amite District presently supervises approximately 3,600, including 100 sex offender cases. In fiscal year 2010-2011, agents completed 240 major investigations which consisted of pre-sentence, pre-parole, and clemency investigations and 1,500 miscellaneous investigations. Agents made 14,000 field contacts with offenders, handled 9,000 office visits and performed 1,000 drug screens on offenders. Agents were successful in collecting $868,700 in supervision fees and $540,000 in victim restitution. Additional money was collected for fines and other related fees making the total collected $1,450,203. Agents arrested 412 Probation and Parole violators for further disposition by the Court or Parole Board.
The Amite District Office provides supervision and investigative services to the Louisiana Parole Board, Pardon Board and the 21st Judicial District Court. The Court is comprised of 8 Judges that rotate on a scheduled criminal court circuit between St. Helena, Livingston, and Tangipahoa Parishes.
Special Community Projects
Amite District’s relationship with the 21st Judicial District community is shaped by the principals of Reentry. In an effort to enhance successful reentry of offenders into the community, service providers are recruited to help meet employment, mental health, substance abuse treatment, housing, education, anger management, spouse abuse, marriage and family counseling and other needs of offenders and their families. District Focus Group meetings nurture community partner relationships and a Community Resource catalog is maintained with provider information to facilitate the referral process for services. Over 800 case referrals were made to service providers in 2012. The Inmate Assistance Fund is utilized to offer immediate shelter, food, clothing and transportation assistance to indigent offenders released on parole supervision.
The use of the Performance Grid and Administrative Sanctions to address offender violations provides agents with a guideline for progressive sanction alternatives to revocation. Additionally, offenders in the violation process are screened for participation in Act 402 alternative sentencing and alternative programs such as Blue Walters, Francois Alternative Center, the Louisiana Transition Center for Women, and ATS. The 21st JDC Drug Court is another option used to assist offenders with recovery and as an alternative to incarceration. This program has been a successful intervention in the lives of many citizens who have been unable to make a change in their lives through other means. An AMD agent is assigned to Drug Court on a full time basis to assist participants and facilitate their successful completion of the program. Judges have also implemented the use of the IMPACT program as an alternative sanction to revocation.
Amite District supervises 100 convicted sex offenders. Conditions of Probation and Parole require the adjudicated person to meet certain registration and notification requirements and to participate in a treatment program. Agents from the Amite District Office supervise and facilitate the satisfactory completion of these requirements and host the treatment program which meets bi-weekly at the Denham Springs Police Department. AMD agents are currently participating in the COPS grant program to enhance supervision of sex offender cases and public safety.
Amite District maintains an active Mobile Response Team prepared to assemble quickly and provide immediate response to emergency situations for days at a time. The team has been utilized to assist federal, state and local authorities with crowd control, drug raids, warrant sweeps andÂ apprehension of dangerous wanted felons and escapees. MRT operations of this nature have been successful in providing for public safety, promoting partnerships, and developing excellent working relationships with other agencies.