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EBR PARISH PRISON UPDATE

Updated Coronavirus (COVID-19) Protocol – Continued Decrease Allows Return to Pre-Omnicron Safeguards

March 16, 2022

In continuing to protect staff and our prisoner population as well as the general public we are implementing the following operational procedures and practices. Conditions below that are bolded are updates to the allowances previously provided on January 7, 2022. 

Effective Monday, March 21, 2022, temperatures will be checked prior to entry into the facility.  All persons will be required to obey posted signage directing for the wearing of a mask over their nose and mouth and keep safe 6 foot distance from others while conducting business at the parish prison. 

Interview rooms will be open for use.  All attorneys and others approved to conduct interviews and evaluations of inmates will be allowed to do so 7 days a week between the hours of 8 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm. Due to the limited space, interview rooms will be approved on a first come first served basis.  Agencies requesting interviews with inmates must make their requests in writing to dgrimes@ebrso.org for handling. 

Family visitation is now being transitioned into non-contact video visitation.  Family and friends on approved visitation lists will be able to visit from home seven days a week or from video visitation kiosks located in designated lobby areas of the parish prison on Wednesdays from 8 am to 10 am and from 1 pm to 4 pm.

Also we will end the practice of recording actual temps of all who enter the parish prison and only record those who have high temperatures.

The two free phone calls per week per inmate was ended as of December 1, 2021.

Messages for inmates to contact their attorneys will no longer be handled by the prison administration.  Attorneys can contact https://icscorrections.com/facilities/la_batonrouge.html for more information regarding inmate calls.  These calls are not free at this time however they are privileged and unrecorded.

Delivery of packages (ie UPS, FedEx, etc.) can be delivered to the medical area.  

Until further notice, NO misdemeanor cases will be booked unless it involves Domestic Abuse, or the offending crime contains an element of violence. No misdemeanor Contempt of Court cases will be booked. This applies to bondsmen as well.

Extraditions will not be automatic during this phase. The Transportation Department will submit prices to bondsmen for extraditions approved on a case by case basis.

Electronic monitoring application will be done in the Central Booking and all property and vehicle releases will be conducted at the Unit 1 Guard Shack. 

Contractors approved by TurnKey Health Clinics and City Parish Maintenance are approved to enter the facility at this time. All will be escorted by security and all must wear masks and have temperatures taken (only those registering high temperatures will be recorded) and be asked questions regarding their health and potential exposure to COVID-19 at Guard Shack prior to being allowed entry. These visits must be set up in advance and approved by the Warden’s office and/or TurnKey Health Clinics.  Medical and mental health providers will be allowed to meet with inmates in the medical area and contractors working with City Parish as well as Pest Control contractors are permitted to work in the inmate housing areas with appropriate PPE.  Any questions about the health care of an inmate at the jail should be directed to TurnKey Health Clinics at (225) 358-4644 ext.7232 or by Fax at (225) 358-4647.

Inmates will continue to be fed and provided sick/pill call on their assigned housing areas.  No movement to kitchens will be permitted at this time.

No funeral trips for inmates will be granted at this time.  Only private viewings will be considered and can only be approved with the Warden’s consent.

Medical co-pay for inmates continues. 

Mail:  All regular mail should be sent to the following address in the following format:

Offender: Full Name (First and Last)
Offender Number
East Baton Rouge Parish Prison
PO Box 247
Phoenix, MD 21131

Only legal mail, check, and money orders will be accepted at the below address:

ATTN: Inmate Accounts
Dr. Iris Lott-Austin
2867 Brigadier General Isaac Smith Ave.
Scotlandville, LA 70807

In the event there is a spike of the number of COVID-19 cases, the Warden has stated that we will resort to prior restrictions that have proven to work in stopping the spread of the virus here at the parish prison.

Please do not hesitate to comment or seek further clarification on any of these conditions.  Thank you all for your patience and cooperation.

Families with urgent concerns related to an inmate, can contact the Public Defender’s Office at (225) 389-3150 extension 159 or email admin@opdbr.org.  

 


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