Detention centers in La. monitoring coronavirus pandemic

Detention centers in La. monitoring coronavirus pandemic
Many state and federal detention centers have changed their visitation policies to limit contact between detainees and visitors, and accommodate legal representatives. (Source: Pixabay)

(WAFB) - Detention systems around the nation are cracking down on visitation and ramping up COVID-19 screenings.

Defense attorneys in Louisiana are leading the charge in-state by highlighting what they claim would be potentially disastrous results from the virus spreading into detained populations.

Detention systems in the state confirmed testing is happening.

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A spokesman for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement also said no cases of the virus have been detected among any detainee held in its Louisiana facilities.


FEDERAL PRISONS REPORTING POSITIVE CASES

  • Federal Correctional Complex, Oakdale in Allen Parish. Inmate deaths include: 49-year-old Patrick Jones (March 19); 57-year-old Nicholas Rodriguez (April 1.); 57-year-old James Wilson (April 1);

STATE FACILITIES

  • B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center, Washington Parish.
  • Dixon Correctional Institute, East Feliciana Parish.
  • Louisiana State Penitentiary, West Feliciana Parish.

An official with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office said Department of Corrections Secretary James LeBlanc is allowing inmate work release programs to continue since many of the participating employers are facilities and suppliers that provide necessities to the community.

The officials said work release inmates are housed in a separate facility on the compound from the rest of the population. Participants are screened before and after leaving the compound, the official said.

The official noted the program would be shutdown if any participant arrived back at the facility that officials felt was exposed to the virus and needed to be tested.


JUVENILE FACILITIES REPORTING POSITIVE CASES

  • Bridge City Center for Youth, Bridge City.
  • A.B. Horne Group Home, Baton Rouge.

Many state and federal detention centers have changed their visitation policies to limit contact between detainees and visitors, and accommodate legal representatives.

Those policies can be reviewed using the link here.

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