J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center Visiting Information:
It is the policy of J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center that all offenders shall be allowed access to visitation in order to maintain family and community ties. All visitations shall be in accordance with Departmental Regulation C-02-008.
Offenders will be allowed two visits per calendar month from each person on their approved list for a duration of two hours each visit.
Offenders housed in the honor dorms will be allowed three visits per calendar month from each person on their approved list for a duration of three and half hours each visit.
Regular visiting days and hours are: Saturday and Sunday, 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Visiting shall also be allowed from 9:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. on the following holidays: New Years Day, Good Friday, Fourth of July, Labor Day, Thanksgiving Day and Christmas Day. Holiday visits are considered “free” visits and not counted toward the normal two or three day visit limit.
All offenders shall be allowed contact visits inside the Visiting Shed. All offenders housed in the honor dorms shall be allowed contact visits inside the Visiting Shed and outside the Visiting Shed at the picnic tables.
Visitors may bring prepared food from a local vendor for consumption with the offender. A receipt/proof of purchase is required with the food purchase.
Honor dorm offenders shall be eligible to have barbeques at the picnic tables. Their visitors must provide the food items, paper plates, forks and only ready-lite charcoal. No drinks shall be brought in. JLDCC shall provide the cooking utensils and the barbeque pit. Request for the use of a barbeque pit must be submitted no later than the Tuesday before the date of request.
During a regular visit, offenders may have up to four visitors at one time. This includes both adults and children. This does not include infants who are not walking.
Offenders who are assigned extra duty, room confinement, or are in Administrative Segregation will be allowed to visit on the third “full” weekend (Saturday and Sunday) of the month. It is the responsibility of the offender to notify his visitor(s) if he has extra duty, room confinement or is in Administrative Segregation.
Offenders who are assigned a “No Duty” or “Bed Rest” duty status will not be allowed to visit. It is the responsibility of the offender to notify his visitor(s) if he is given this duty status.
A visitor can be on only one offender’s visiting list unless that visitor is an immediate family member of another offender. The burden of proof and documentation will be the responsibility of the offender and his family.
The Visiting Officer shall set up and/or maintain a folder on all inmates housed at JLDCC.
When an offender is received at this institution he will be afforded the opportunity to choose up to but no more than ten individuals to be placed on his visiting list. Legal advisors, one approved religious advisor and children fourteen years and younger may be allowed to visit without being included in this figure, although their names must still appear on the list.
Upon the request of the offender, identifiable immediate family members (i.e. parents, legal spouse, sibling, grandparent or child of the offender or any others indicated on the offender’s Master Prison Record as having raised the offender) may be allowed to visit for the first thirty days after the offender is received at JLDCC. After thirty days, they must be on the offender’s approved visiting list to continue to visit.
From the Visitation Office, the offender can obtain questionnaires and visiting request forms, which enable him to add or remove visitors from his list. After the offender turns the visiting request form into the Visitation Office, the offender will be given a copy of the Visiting Questionnaire to mail to each of his prospective visitors.
Within fifteen days of the receipt of a Visiting Request Form, all questionnaires must be returned to the Visiting Office, where they will be checked for criminal history. The questionnaires must be sent directly through the U.S. Mail. All request forms must be completed in their entirety prior to being returned. Failure to do so will result in the request being denied.
Questionnaires received from an offender will be denied. No faxed or hand carried questionnaires will be accepted.
Through a written notification from the Visiting Office, offenders are informed of the approval or denial of their request. If their request is denied, a written reason for the denial shall be given. Also at this time, offenders shall be advised of their next eligible date to amend their Visiting List. The next eligible date shall be 120 days from the effective date of their last change.
Any indication that the visiting questionnaire was falsified or signed by anyone other than the person whose name appears on the form shall result in denial or removal from the visiting list. All approved visitors must have a physical address indicated on the questionnaire before they can be approved.
Visitors are allowed to bring in the following items ONLY:
Small pocket coin purse and/or cigarette case
1 pack of cigarettes only
1 cigarette lighter
Medication necessary for the length of the visit (i.e. asthma inhaler, nitro glycerin, etc.)
Visitors are allowed to bring only enough cash money for vending machines
JLDCC reserves the right to shorten visiting time due to space limitation. Any person(s) may be denied permission to visit during any disturbance at this institution.
Introduction of contraband or any other violation of any state or federal law or institutional rules while on institutional grounds may result in removal from the offender’s visiting list and/or arrest. Any disruptive or uncooperative behavior may also result in removal from the offender’s visiting list for an indefinite period of time.
Each visitor entering the grounds shall be subject to a search of their property and a pat-down search of their person. The pat-down search shall be conducted in private by a member of the same sex and in accordance with Departmental Regulation C-02-005.
Visitors may be scanned for the presence of narcotic odors through the use of a narcotics canine.
Anytime offenders are allowed visitors on their visiting list to attend banquet or other functions, regular search procedures will be utilized.
In accordance with Departmental Regulation C-02-008, the following offenders shall not be allowed contact visits:
Offenders who have been found guilty of a drug related disciplinary charge while at this unit.
Offenders who have had a positive drug screen, breathalyzer, or adulterated urine sample at this unit as defined in the offender rulebook.
Offenders who have refused to submit to a drug screen or breathalyzer while housed at this unit.
Ineligibility for Prospective Visitors
A person is ineligible to visit with an offender if he or she has been convicted of or has criminal pending charges against him/her for the for the following crimes:
Introduction and/or supplying, attempting or conspriting to introduce or supply contraband.
Possession, control or delivery of an explosive devise or substance, including attempt or conspiracy to do the same.
Assisting offender in an escape or unlawful departure from a correctional facility, including an attempt or conspiracy.
All visitors must be dressed appropriately. The following attire shall not be permitted on the compound.
Tube and halter tops, tank tops, spaghetti straps, or strapless dresses or tops
Any transparent or tight fitting clothing, including but not limited to Spandex Lycra, aerobic/exercise tights or leotards
Any low-cut articles of clothing exposing the upper torso
Women must wear bras
Shorts, skirts,skorts, cullotes and dresses shorter than one inch above the knee cap or those with revealing slits; underwear cannot be exposed
Clothing that is similar in appearance to the clothing worn by the offender population, such as a combination of blue jeans and blue chambray shirts, plain gray or white t-shirts or sweat shirts. In addition, no visitor shall be allowed to wear or bring a blue jean jacket onto the compound.
Clothing that is similar in appearance to the clothing worn by correctional officers, i.e. camouflage or blue BDU’s.
Clothing with revealing holes or tears one inch above the knee cap.
Clothing or accessories with obscene or profane writings, images or pictures, gang or club-related or insignia indicative of gang affiliation
All visitors must wear shoes. Shoes designated for street wear including tennis shoes may be worn. No shower shoes or house slippers will be allowed. Footwear must remain on feet at all times, applying equally to men, women and children.
The Shift Commander on duty has the discretion to turn visitors away for inappropriate dress.
Offenders shall visit dressed in a blue chambray shirt & blue jeans or in a clean white jumpsuit only. Offenders shall not visit in white shirts and white pants.
Each visitor entering the grounds shall be registered by the Front Gate Officer on the Visiting Log. The log shall contain the name of the visitor, the name and number of the offender to be visited, and the times each visitor arrives and departs. This log shall be forwarded and retained by the Chief of Security.
When a visitor arrives at the Front Gate and is sent to the Visiting Shed, under NO circumstances will the visitor be allowed to go back to his/her vehicle and then return to the Visiting Shed. The visitor will only be allowed to leave upon termination of the visit.
When an offender has been notified that he has a visitor, he will be given fifteen minutes to report to the Visiting Shed. At the end of these fifteen minutes, the Visiting Officer shall document that his visiting time has begun.
In any instance in which an offender or visitor is involved in inappropriate behavior, the offender will be sanctioned through disciplinary action and the visitor may be removed from the offender’s visiting list.
A moneybox is kept in the visiting shed so that visitors can deposit money in the offender’s account.
The Visiting Shed is a designated non-smoking area. Only offenders in the honor dorms will be allowed to smoke outside of the Visiting Shed, underneath the visiting shed canopy, during their visit.
All offenders may request special visits and extended visits. These requests shall be considered on a case-by-case basis. An offender requesting a special or extended visit shall submit his request through the Visitation Officer at regular call out using the form provided by the Visitation Officer.
This form shall be forwarded to the Visitation Officer who shall consider the merits of the request and approve or deny the request based on the provisions contained in Departmental Regulation C-02-008.
All requests shall be received no later than the Tuesday before to the requested date and the inmate shall be notified of the decision at least one day prior to the date of the requested visit.
Upon request, the Visitation Officer shall provide information to visitors about directions to the institution and information about the availability of public transportation to the facility. If a visitor arrives for a visit by taxi or other public transportation, the Security Shift Commander on duty shall allow the visitor access to a telephone to call for a taxi or other public transportation at the end of the visit.
The only minors that will be allowed to visit shall be the children of parents or legal guardians that are on the offender’s approved visiting list. The exception to this is if the minor is a spouse, emancipated (judgment of emancipation required as proof), minors visiting as part of approved institutional programs such as school groups, parenting groups, church groups, etc.
Parole / Pardon Board Visiting
Visitors to the Parole/Pardon Board hearings must have a picture I.D. Children fourteen years or younger will not be admitted to Parole/Pardon hearings or for visits prior to Parole/Pardon hearings.
Visitors to the Parole/Pardon Board are subject to a personal search while on institutional grounds. When there is reasonable suspicion, which is supported by facts and circumstance, extensive searches may be performed in accordance with Departmental Regulation C-02-005.
Parole/Pardon Board visitors are allowed to bring in the same items mentioned above as approved offender visitors.
Parole/Pardon Board visitors must be dressed in accordance with dress requirements mentioned above.
JLDCC reserves the right to limit the number of visitors, including offender family and friends, for security reasons.
JLDCC shall adhere to the Public Hearing Meeting rule established by the Louisiana Board of Pardon and the Louisiana Board of Parole.
Any visit shall be immediately terminated if the offender or the visitor violates any of the rules governing visitation.
No time limit unless space availability is limited.