The Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections creates a safer Louisiana by providing correctional programs committed to the protection of the public; safety of our staff; security of our incarcerated population; services to those victimized by crime; and opportunities for positive behavioral change in those remanded to our custody and/or supervision.
We achieve our vision through safe, secure prison operations and community correctional programs, development and implementation of effective criminal justice policies for Louisiana, and the provision of rehabilitative opportunities for our population that supports their successful transition into the community.
Goals and Priorities
Goals and priorities are built around the Department’s commitment to public safety and rehabilitation and serve to guide our performance in carrying out our mission. These include:
Staff and Offender Safety
We provide for the safety of staff and offenders by maintaining an organized and disciplined system of operations. All employees are provided training on the principles of the Code of Ethics of the American Correctional Association to demonstrate our commitment to professional and compassionate service. Our employees conduct their duties and responsibilities with a high degree of integrity and a respect for the value and dignity of human life.
Provision of Basic Services
We provide services relating to food, clothing and shelter. We are further committed to delivering quality and cost effective health care services that maintain medical and behavioral health services during the offender’s incarceration and to prepare him / her for release by providing linkage to care in the community.
Opportunity for Change
We promote moral rehabilitation through program participation and provide an environment for offenders that encourages positive behavior change. On behalf of individuals demonstrating motivation for change and a desire to participate in programming, the Department seeks educational, rehabilitative, and productive work opportunities, either within the institution or in the community for individuals under supervision.
Opportunity for Making Amends
Through the opportunities to work and volunteer in prison jobs and educational programs, make restitution, participate in community restorative initiatives, and communicate in victim-initiated victim-offender dialogue, offenders are able to repair and/or learn from the harm caused by their crime. We believe that victims of crime have the right to an active role in shaping how their needs can be met.
We recognize the role of community participation and support in the successful delivery of our vision and mission. By using evidence-based practices and following criminal justice reform legislation, we will increase compliance with conditions of parole supervision and the ability of the offenders to reintegrate with the end goal of safely reducing recidivism within Louisiana. We are committed to working with the public to reduce barriers and stigma faced by returning offenders that hinder their successful reintegration upon their return to our communities.