David Wade Correctional Center
Jerry Goodwin, Warden, 670 Bell Hill Road, Homer,, Louisiana 71040
David Wade Correctional Center Visiting Information:
DWCC recognizes the importance of visitation in the maintenance of an offender’s family ties. Visitation with family members is a vital aspect in the rehabilitation of an offender and is encouraged.
Regular visiting days are Saturday and Sunday only. Visiting hours are between 8:00 am and 4:00 pm. However, incoming visitors will not be admitted between 11:00 am and 11:30 am. Also, no visits will be started after 3:00pm. Only six (6) visitors will be allowed in the visiting room to visit an offender at any given time. There will be no visiting on a weekend in which the Sunday is the fifth Sunday of a month.
Each offender must request that visitors be approved for his visiting list. The Visitation Department will advise the offender of approval or denial of the visitor. The offender is responsible for notification to his visitor of the final outcome. An approved visitor may visit two times each month. Visitors must be on the “approved visiting list” or have approval for a Special Visit in advance by the Warden or his designee. Special Visits must be requested by the offender.
Children who are fourteen and under do not need to be on the visiting list if they are accompanied by a parent or guardian. Persons in this category may be requested to provide a birth certificate as verification. Visitors who are seventeen and over must have picture identification in order to visit an offender. Visitors can depost cash money in the account of the offender, but the money must be left at the visitation desk with security personnel who are processing visitors. Visitation personnel will issue receipts. Offenders cannot possess cash. Visitors are allowed to bring only the following items into the Visiting Room.
One car key or keyless device
Change may be brought in but it must be in a see-through bag or small plastic container.
All other items must be left in your vehicle.
Visitors with small children will be allowed to carry one diaper, one baby bottle or child’s cup, one pacifier and/or baby wipes in a see-through bag (enough for one diaper change).
Dress Code for Visitors
The wearing of shorts, skirts, culottes is allowed provided the length and appearance are acceptable. See-through clothing and seductive garments are not allowed. All visitors must wear full-length shirts. Tank tops are not allowed. Blue chambray shirts and gray or white sweatshirts with blue jeans are not allowed to be worn by visitors. Shoes designated for street wear, including tennis shoes, must be work. House slippers, thongs or shower shoes are prohibited dress code attire.
David Wade Correctional Center Additional information:
Located in the piney hills of north Louisiana, David Wade Correctional Center opened in 1980 and was the first medium security state prison in North Louisiana. DWCC is located on approximately 1,500 acres of land, most of which is timberland. The original facility was designed to house approximately 650 minimum/medium custody offenders comprised primarily of four dormitories and one special management unit and is commonly referred to as the North Compound. In the spring of 1987, an additional compound was added for the primary purpose of housing disciplinary offenders. The unit consists of four cellblocks and one transitional dormitory and is referred to as the South Compound. The facility has an operational capacity of 1,188 offenders with 48% being comprised of maximum custody offenders. DWCC employs a work force of 533 with a general operating budget of $37,671,945 for fiscal year 2010/11. DWCC was the first state operated facility in Louisiana to be accredited by the American Correctional Association’s Commission on Accreditation in 1992. It has since been reaccredited in 1995, 1998, 2001, 2004, 2007 and 2010.
Offenders are offered reasonable access to telephone communication.
Dept. Regulation No. B-08-001 allows for each offender to have an approved master list of up to twenty (20) telephone numbers for family, personal and legal calls. An offender can update the list on a quarterly basis at the least.
If an offender attempts to dial any telephone number not on his/her approved list from a state correctional facility, the call is automatically blocked. Additionally, certain categories of call such as 311, 411, 911, 1-800, 1-900, etc. are blocked. Individual telephone numbers can be blocked as well. Members of the public can contact the Office of Adult Services (225-342-9711) if they are receiving unwanted or harassing phone calls from offenders at state correctional facilities.
Offenders can only make collect calls and offender telephones are limited to out-going calls only, usually limited to 15 minutes. No one can make a call to an offender telephone.
When an offender makes a call, the called party is notified that it is a collect call from an offender at a state prison facility. The called party is given the option of accepting or refusing (by hanging up) the call.
Telephone communication access is provided by an outside vendor, Securus, via a state contract. Securus’ Customer Service number is 1-800-844-6591 for individuals needing assistance with billing issues, problems receiving calls from offenders, receiving unwanted calls and/or requesting a block on future calls from an offender or offenders.