Corrections by the Numbers 

 

Nationally, Corrections Costs and Jail Populations Have Increased Dramatically. 

  • Nationwide spending on corrections has increased from $11 billion to $50 billion annually, an increase of over 300% in just the last two decades
  • Nationally, 1 out of every 100 persons is in jail or prison.
  • Over 95% of all offenders are released back into the community from jail and prison.

Locally, Recognition of the Problem Stemmed Over-Crowding and Reduced Cost.

  • Louisiana ranks number one in incarceration not only in the US, but in the entire world per capita.
  • In Louisiana, one out of every 55 persons are incarcerated. Comparably, Maine is the lowest with one in every 238.
  • In 2007, the state of Louisiana spent $552 million on corrections. In fiscal year 2008-2009, the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office spent slightly more than $18 million in the Corrections Division, an increase of 28% from 2000.
  • From 1999 to 2009, the un-sentenced parish offender population increased by 32% while the sentenced population increased by 47 percent. This translates into an average daily parish offender population increase of 255 during this time frame.
  • It costs the tax payers of the parish $54 per offender per day to have them incarcerated versus $21 per day for those offenders in one of our various Community Corrections programs. Diversion programs have proven to have half the cost and twice the success rate. 

Jail Diversion Programs Help Address the Problem in a Multitude of Positive Ways

  • From a handful of offender clients ten years ago, our Community Corrections Campus today serves almost 350 people each day.
  • Alternative and diversionary programs have reduced recidivism rates. Recidivism rates for those who successfully complete these programs range in the low 30th percentile, while 55% of those leaving jails and prisons without such programming return within three years.
  • No other jail program has helped lower jail overcrowding more than the GPS Offender Tracking program.
  • Since 2001, a total of 1,259 offenders have been through the GPS Offender Tracking program with a 78% completion rate.
  • The GED educational program has the highest enrollment increase. In 2009, a total of 536 offenders participated in the GED educational program with 40 offenders successfully graduating with a high school equivalency degree. Most of those in the program make significant improvements in their literacy scores.
  • Diversion programs teach positive work habits, generate income, provide community service and offender work crews to the parish and other non-profit organizations at greatly reduced costs.
  • In 2001, LPSO provided 2,568 offender work crew hours for the parish, and by 2014, that number had grown to more than 199,000 hours. LPSO supervises 25 offender work crews each day. Lafayette Parish Correctional Industries (LAPCORR) generated product sales of $272,358 - an increase of 129% since it began in 2009.
  • LAPCORR produces corrugated boxes, plastic garbage bags,hazardous material disposal bags, and a number of institutional items, mattresses, laundry bags, and shower curtains. Since the conception of the Transitional Work Program in July 2004, revenue of just under $9,000,000 has been generated for the Sheriff’s Office while helping offenders provide for their families. In that time, there were 1,719 participants earning a total of $11,233,177 from employment.
  • A total of 872 Transitional Work Program participants have completed the program and entered the community with a combined total of $3,362,375 in savings facilitating their successful re-entry into the community.

Daily Jail Operations Mirror That of a Small City

  • The Lafayette Parish Correctional center can house up to 954 offenders, and at any point in time, it is at or near capacity.
  • In 2009, the Food Service department prepared a total of 1,634,484 meals. This included meals prepared for the Acadiana Recovery Center. 
  • Helping to keep food costs down as well as providing quality vegetable products from the LPSO vegetable farm which contributed over 52,000 pounds of vegetables for the jail.
  • In 2009, the medical staff conducted 16,331 treatments including 131 medical emergencies and 70 requiring ambulance service.
  • The Dental Section of the Medical Department performed 2,619 dental screenings. 
  • Last year, the staff monitored 636 offenders on critical mental health watch. 
  • More than 80% of the offender population is battling or has battled an addiction.
  • The demand for our mental health services continues to increase as the offender population increases.
  • In 2009, Clinical Services assisted 1,341 offenders, an increase of 8.4% from the previous year. Critical care watch patients (those needing the most urgent care) increased by more than 25 percent.