Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women,
7205 Highway 74, St. Gabriel, Louisiana 70776
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women, Visiting Information:
It is the policy of the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women (LCIW) to recognize the importance of visitation in the maintenance of family ties. Visitation with family members is a vital aspect in the rehabilitation of an offender. The institution also recognizes that the maintaining of relationships with extended family members and friends is also important. Therefore, every effort shall be aimed at allowing the offender to visit with her family and friends, and at the same time not overtax the institution’s ability to process visitors, and provide adequate control and supervision of the visiting process. The Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women does not discriminate against offenders and visitors, including the clergy, attorneys, offender family members and other authorized visitors, on the basis of disability. When requested, reasonable accommodations may be made to afford accessibility, wherein such accommodation does not result in an undue hardship on the institution, nor jeopardize the safety of employees, offenders, and other visitors.
Eligibility of Prospective Visitors
All persons, except as specifically prohibited in accordance with this policy, are eligible to be considered for approval to visit an offender confined at LCIW upon application and request by the offender. A person is ineligible to visit if the individual has been convicted of, and/or has criminal charges pending against him/her for the following crimes/criminal activities:
Introduction and/or supplying, attempting or conspiring to introduce or supply contraband as defined in Department Regulation No. B-05-001 “Disciplinary Rules and Procedures for Adult Offenders;”
Possession, control or delivery of an explosive device or substance, including attempt or conspiracy to do the same; or
Assisting an offender in an escape or unlawful departure from a correctional facility, including an attempt or conspiracy.
A person who has been convicted of a felony, who has not been finally discharged from an institution or from probation or parole supervision for more than two years without an intervening criminal record shall be denied approval to be placed on an offender’s visiting list. In addition, any person who in the previous five years had three or more felony charges (regardless of disposition) shall be considered ineligible to visit or, if already an approved visitor, shall have visiting privileges revoked.
No visitation is allowed while the visitation application is in pending status.
All offenders, except those offenders in intake status or as specifically provided herein, are eligible to apply for visits while confined to LCIW.
Visitation will not be allowed while an offender is in intake status. Once an offender is removed from intake status, visitation with immediate family members may be authorized at the request of an offender.
Offenders who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child family member, or who have a documented history of sex abuse with a minor child family member, are ineligible to visit with any minor child, including their own biological or stepchild.
Offenders who have a current or prior conviction for a sex crime involving a minor child who is not a family member are ineligible to visit with any minor child. However, at the Warden’s discretion, such offenders may be authorized to visit with their own biological child. The legal guardian shall submit a written request and shall accompany the minor child during the visit. If approved by the Warden, the visit may be contact or non-contact at the Warden’s discretion.
At the time of admission and then quarterly as per schedule, offenders may apply for approval to visit with family members and friends. LCIW offenders mail visiting applications to those with whom they wish to visit. Once applications are returned to LCIW, LCIW employees process the completed applications, and criminal record checks are run. Offenders are notified when their requested visitors are approved to visit.
The number of approved visitors allowed in any one visit is determined by the custody status of the offender. Minimum and Achievement Custody offenders may have up to 6 adult visitors per visit while Medium Custody offenders may visit with up to 4 approved adult visitors. There is no limit on the number of children under age 15 who may attend Minimum or Medium Custody visits. Maximum Custody offenders are only allowed two visitors per visit and Death Row are allowed only one approved visitor each visit. There is no limit on children for Maximum Custody visits if it is the offender’s own children, or if others are approved in advance by the Warden. All custody levels excluding non-contact visits are limited to two visits each month with each visit lasting up to two hours. The duration of non-contact visits is at the discretion of the Warden, but may be up to two hours.
Families driving long distances to visit with offenders are suggested to call LCIW prior to leaving home to make sure visitation will be held that day. Visitors should also be aware that circumstances in prisons can change abruptly. Visitation may be canceled if necessary without prior notice.
Visitation is a privilege, not a right. Violation of rules may result in termination of the visit, loss of the offender’s visiting privileges, banning of the visitor from entering the institution or its grounds, and/or criminal charges as circumstances warrant.
Most visits at LCIW take place in the Visiting Room and are monitored by security officers. However, in certain situations, offenders/visitors may be placed on non-contact visitation status for the safe and secure operation of the insitution. Death row offenders generally have non-contact visits with their approved visitors, but are now allowed 2 (two) contact visits each year. Offenders who are housed in segregation/disciplinary units (which includes protective custody) are also placed on non-contact visitation status.
All offender visits with attorneys are contact visits.
Any offender who pleads guilty or has been found guilty of a disciplinary rule for one (1) or more of the following reasons will be subject to non-contact visits for a minimum of six (6) months:
Possession of any drug or drug paraphernalia;
Producing a positive or adulterated urine sample;
Refusal or substantial delay to provide a urine sample;
Introduction of contraband into the institution;
Positive breathalyzer test; or
Any major rule violation that occurs in the visitation area.
Such restriction is formally reviewed, at a minimum, every six (6) months.
While LCIW allows offenders with the same immediate family members to visit together, shared visits have been started for those who don’t have frequent visits. Shared visits consist of a regular visit along with an additional offender and may be considered if the offender meets certain criteria. Achievement status and/or minimum custody offenders who have not received a visit in the past year and have not received a disciplinary report within the past six months of request may be eligible for shared visit once a quarter of the calendar year. Eligible offenders must submit written requests for a shared visit at least four (4) weeks prior to the requested date. Both offenders will be notified within one (1) week of the requested visit date whether the request is approved or denied.
Monday & Wednesday – 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Death Row
Friday 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. All general population offenders and those offenders assigned to maximum custody, segregation or displinary units.
Saturday & Sunday- 9:00 a.m.- 2:00 p.m. Contact visits for Medium, Minimum Custody by dorm as assigned per weekend. The Aquarius and Gemini dormitories and the Pisces and Libra dormitories alternate weekend days so that offenders in each dorm will be able to visit on a Saturday and Sunday on alternating weekends.
IMPACT offenders on Saturdays only by alphabet of last name from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.:
1st Saturday of month – A – F
2nd Saturday of month – G – L
3rd Saturday of month – M – R
4th Saturday of month – S – Z
NOTE: Visitors are not accepted after 1:15 p.m.
Visitors must present picture identification at the time of each visit. The only exceptions shall be minor children below the age of fifteen (15). Failure to do so could result in a denial of the visit.
Visitors must submit to a search of their persons or property. Failure to do so may result in the visit being denied or terminated for that day.
Each visitor must sign in and out in the register (log) provided at Front Control. Failure to do so may result in denial of the visit.
Visitors are not allowed to bring in purses/handbags or cell phones. Wallets and life-sustaining medication in properly labeled prescription containers are allowed in the Visiting Room after inspection by security.
Baby diapers, diaper bags (clear bags only), baby food and baby formula (bottles) are allowed after inspection by Front Control officers.
Coats, jackets, and sweaters are allowed to be brought into the Visiting Room but are subject to search.
Visitors shall be expected to comply with the following rules while visiting:
Visitors shall park only in the visitor’s parking lot.
Visitors shall keep in mind that since they are visiting a correctional institution, security is of paramount importance. As such, they should cooperate in every way with instructions given by security personnel who are charged with the overall responsibility of maintaining order and discipline.
Visitors shall not give the inmate they are visiting any items except food/ beverage items purchased at the institution.
Visitors shall not communicate with or give anything to an inmate they are not visiting, nor shall they communicate with or give anything to another inmate’s visitors.
Visitors shall conduct themselves in an orderly manner, and shall ensure that children behave in an orderly manner and remain with them.
No excessive displays of affection are allowed.
Cameras are not allowed. Photographs offered for purchase may be taken in the Visiting Room only by approved institutional organizations.
Upon completion of the visit, visitors shall leave the grounds immediately.
Visitors are asked to respect the visiting time of others by keeping their conversations at a normal tone of voice.
Persons are ineligible for visitation with offenders if the person is convicted of or has pending charges concerning any aspect of the following: Introduction of contraband; possession, control or delivery of explosive device; or assisting in escape. Visitors may be removed from a visiting list for a period of time for violating any of the above rules. They may be barred permanently if they violate a state law while visiting, such as, but not limited to the above charges and/or Assault or Battery.
Visitors may leave money for the inmate they are visiting with the Front Control Officer. Only Cash, no checks or money orders, shall be accepted at Front Control.
All visitors must be dressed appropriately. Shorts, skorts, skirts, dresses and culottes may be worn as long as the length and appearance is acceptable. As a general guideline, these articles of clothing should not extend more than three (3) inches above the knee. See-through clothing and seductive garments are not allowed. All visitors must wear full-length shirts. Tank tops are not allowed. The combination of blue chambray/denim shirts/gray or white sweatshirts and jean is not allowed to be worn by visitors.
Shoes should be appropriate. Shower shoes, house slippers and thongs are not permitted.
Individuals not appropriately dressed shall not be allowed to visit. This determination shall be made by the highest-ranking security supervisor on duty at the time.
Originally, the female offenders occupied a camp at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola. In 1961, the female facility was moved to River Road on what is now the LSU Agricultural Research Center. Then in 1973, Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women was opened on its present 75 acre site. While it was originally built to house 200 female offenders, over the years more buildings were added and currently LCIW can house up to 1084 female offenders of all security classes. College dormitory-style housing is used for minimum and medium custody offenders and maximum security offenders are housed in cellblocks. In July 1993, LCIW received American Correctional Association accreditation and in 1997, LCIW was released from the federal consent decree.
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women is the only female correctional facility operating on the state level. There are currently two (2) offenders on death row.
The racial breakdown is approximately 53% black and 47% white. This differs from the male facilities, which are essentially 70% black and 30% white.
Medical/Mental Health Services
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women offers 24 hour inpatient medical care. There is a 10-bed infirmary ward. Nurses are on duty around the clock and physicians and nurse practitioners are on-call 24 hours a day. Contract specialists, such as OB-GYN, Internal Medicine, Optometry, and Psychiatry, hold weekly clinics. LCIW has a full-time dentist. Medical services that are not available at LCIW are provided by the LSU Health Center in Baton Rouge, New Orleans, Houma and Monroe.
Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women offers a wide range of programming including mental health, substance abuse, sex offender treatment, and Re-Entry. LCIW also houses female offenders who are assigned to the IMPACT Program located next door at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. IMPACT is a boot camp program, which boasts the lowest recidivism rate of any of the DOC programs. Offenders who complete the program may be eligible for parole in six (6) months, which is a considerable reduction in the sentences they would serve if they don’t successfully complete the IMPACT Program.
All offenders at LCIW are assigned a job unless they are physically impaired to the point of bed rest. Jobs include Housekeeping, Grounds, Maintenance, Field Operation-Vegetables, Kitchen, Warehouse, Beauty Shop, Maintenance and the Garment Factory (managed by Prison Enterprises).
LCIW has two (2) off-site work crews:
Litter Crew which picks up litter on State Highways
Janitorial Crew that maintains a State office building in Baton Rouge.