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Default Dixon Correctional Institute (DCI)

Dixon Correctional Institute
Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 788
Jackson, LA 70748
Phone Number: (225) 634-1200

Dixon Correctional Institute, located in East Feliciana Parish, opened in 1976 and was the first medium security satellite prison in Louisiana. In 1993 DCI was accredited by the American Correctional Association and has maintained its accreditation since then.

DCI is a multi-level security institution, with a maximum capacity of 1,340 inmates. The main compound is located approximately 30 miles north of Baton Rouge and encompasses 1,549 acres of pasture, 428 acres of timber, and approximately 450 acres reserved for crops in and around Jackson, Louisiana. DCI employs a work force of 556 with a general operating budget of 29.630 million dollars.

Educational Programs

DCI provides the opportunity for participation in educational and vocational classes.

Educational and Vocational Programs Offered:

Literacy provided by DOC, LTC and East Feliciana School Board-Literacy class is offered to inmates that score a fourth grade level or below on the TABE test.

ABE/GED provided by DOC and East Feliciana School Board-GED classes are offered to inmates that score a fifth grade level or above. Inmates receive instruction in Reading, Writing, Math, Science and Social Studies.

Developmental Studies provided by LTC (Louisiana Technical College)-These classes are offered to inmates that have their GED or High School Diploma, but need to improve reading and math scores in order to enroll in a trade class.

Special Education provided by Special School District #1-Special Education classes are offered to inmates that qualify for services.

Automotive Technology Collision Repair provided by LTC-Collision Repair is an 18 month course. The purpose of this program is to provide specialized instruction and practical shop experience to prepare students for employment in a variety of jobs in the field of Collision Repair Technology.

Communication Electronics provided by LTC-Communication Electronics is an 18 month course. The program includes instruction in using actual equipment, motors, mechanical diagrams/schematics; radar; fiber optics; laser technology; computer applications; telecommunications; microwave; diagnostic and troubleshooting techniques; the use of testing equipment; Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and National Association of Business and Educational Radio (NABER) license requirements.

Horticulture provided by LTC—Horticulture is an 18 month program. This program is designed to prepare students for employment in the areas of production and management in horticultural enterprises. It includes instruction and practical experience in the lab which is equipped and managed according to industry standards.

Culinary Arts provided by LTC—Culinary Arts is an 18 month program. This program prepares students to work in service, production, fast foods, and baking areas of the food service industry.

Welding provided by LTC—Welding is a 6-18 month program. The purpose of the Welding program is to prepare individuals for employment in the field of welding. Instruction is provided in various processes and techniques of welding including oxyfuel cutting, carbon arc cutting, shielded metal arc welding, gas tungsten arc welding, flux-cored arc welding, gas metal arc welding, pipe- welding, plasma arc cutting, blueprint reading, weld symbols, and joints. After completion of this program, the student will have covered the skills designated by the AWS (American Welding Society) and will be prepared to take the AWS entry level test.

Industrial Operations

The Wakefield Warehouse, located at Wakefield, Louisiana, is a meat and dry goods distribution plant which is in the process of adding a processing floor. This plant purchases beef, pork, poultry, fish and dry goods in bulk quantities and distributes the products to other correctional facilities round the state. When the processing floor is completed the meat products will be processed into portioned size before distribution. This amounts to approximately 80% of all beef and pork consumed by DPS&C inmates. Wakefield is working toward becoming the processing center for the above products as well.

The Janitorial Service Program provides janitorial services for 12 state buildings in the Baton Rouge metropolitan area. One-hundred twenty inmates are bussed to Baton Rouge five days a week to maintain approximately 1,579,932 square feet of state buildings and 140 acres of grounds for which the State realizes a savings of over $2.9 million dollars per year.

DCI began the Tourism Mailout program in January, 2003. Inmates fill envelopes with Louisiana Tourism Guides, maps and CDs and apply the pre-printed labels. The completed envelopes are then taken to the Post Office and mailed out. An average of 26,400 pieces of mail is processed each month.

In March, 2003 the Prison Enterprise Embroidery operation was transferred from LCIW to DCI. Nine inmates embroider departmental shirt patches for use by the juvenile institutions.

In November, 2002 Prison Enterprises opened an Office Seating Assembly Plant at DCI. Sixteen inmates work in the manufacturing and upholstering of chairs

Plans are underway to construct a Prison Enterprise warehouse to house all of the above Prison Enterprise endeavors in a cental location

Recreational Activities

Recreational activities are structured to accommodate inmates of all ages and physical condition. We offer a variety of outdoor as well as indoor recreational activities. These activities include basketball, football, softball, volleyball, weight lifting, boxing, pool, and various board games. Recreational activities are funded through the Inmate Welfare Fund.

Medical Services

Mental Health

A Mental Health Director and three Clinical Social Workers are employed on a full-time basis to provide mental health services. A forensic psychiatrist is employed on a part-time contractual basis.

The psychiatrist provides services to an average of 53 inmates per month. The social workers see an average of 627 inmates per month. New inmates are screened by the social workers upon intake. Those inmates requiring mental health services are referred to the appropriate service.

Services provided by the Mental Health Department include crisis intervention, individual counseling, sex offender therapy, anger management, special topics groups, character counts, case management for youthful offenders, aftercare referrals to appropriate agencies and assisting inmates with housing after release, if needed.

The Medical Department delivers inpatient, outpatient and emergency health care services for inmates on a 24-hour seven day a week basis. The Medical Department employs on a full time basis a physician, a dentist, a dental assistant and a pharmacist, in addition to a nursing staff of 17. An optometrist, x-ray technician, radiologist and residents from Earl K. Long Medical Center are employed on a part-time contractual basis. The medical facility includes a ten bed infirmary with two isolation cells. Consultations with specialty clinics are accomplished through referrals to Earl K. Long Medical Center and the Medical Center of Louisiana as necessary.

The Medical Department at DCI is unique in that it provides the care and treatment for all Dialysis patients in the department.

Faith Based and Volunteer Programs

Faith Based services and faith group studies are conducted regularly at DCI for inmates who desire to participate. The following faith groups have services and faith group studies: Protestants, Catholics, Jehovah’s Witnesses, Muslims, Institute of Divine Metaphysical Research and WICCA. Chaplains, Chaplains Assistants and volunteers of the appropriate faith group conduct services and faith group studies. Chaplains Assistants and volunteers teach discipleship groups and intensive biblical studies.

Chaplains make regular visits with inmates on the dorms and in the cellblocks and are available in their offices for counseling and assistance to inmates facing crises in their lives. Chaplains also deliver emergency messages to the inmate population. Chaplains Assistants (Seminary trained inmates from the LSP Bible College) provide counseling and pastoral care for the inmates and are available around the clock.

The Faith Based program at DCI is supplemented by the work of contract chaplains and volunteers who address specific faith group needs. DCI chaplains train and provide supervision for the 562 volunteers who work directly with the inmates.

Faith-based Volunteers are also involved in the pre-release program by teaching classes for inmates preparing for release. With CORe initiative gaining momentum, more volunteers and faith-based groups will provide services such as teaching additional pre-release classes, mentoring and re-entry services. Volunteers are being actively recruited to care for inmates once they are released.

Other volunteers provide services in the Substance Abuse Program and with Vets Incarcerated. As a significant part of the Substance Abuse program, they lead groups such as Alcoholics Anonymous and Narcotics Anonymous.

Vets Incarcerated is an inmate group open to any inmate who has served in any branch of the United States Armed Forces. The purpose of this organization is to provide service for veterans, strive to improve the general public’s perception of the incarcerated veteran and to raise funds that will be used for charitable efforts, i.e. Muscular Dystrophy, needy families, etc.

DCI has established a Toast Masters organization and a Jaycees organization for the inmate population. The goal of these organizations is to build confidence, speaking ability and citizenship among the participants.

Youthful Offender Program

In January 2002, DCI began a segregated Youthful Offender Program. The program has a capacity of 60 when filled. There are presently 43 offenders enrolled. The program is designed to provide an environment where Youthful Offenders can develop self-esteem, self-discipline and positive attitudes along with the cognitive skills necessary to re-enter society and be successful. The program provides tailored case management plans to meet the specific needs of each Youthful Offender as well as to create or repair family relationships. The focus of the Youthful Offender Program is to provide and educational program that assists the youthful offender in achieving a GED while holding them accountable for their actions. The program provides positive experiences that foster a solid foundation and instills spiritual and moral values that will change criminal thinking. move him to the next level sooner than scheduled

The youthful offender program staff consists of 28 employees committed to meeting the needs of the youthful offenders by providing guidance, discipline, education, and therapy programs. The staff consists of a program director, two teachers, two counselors, a social worker, a chaplain, a recreational director, a secretary, 14 correctional officers, two captains and two lieutenants.

Youthful offenders must be 19 years of age or younger to participate in the program. They must also have 5 years or less to their earliest release date. Youthful offenders 16 years of age or younger will participate in the program regardless of sentence length.

The program is based on voluntary enrollment and will last for a minimum of 12 months. Once a youthful offender has agreed to enter the program he will be expected to complete it. While enrolled in the program youthful offenders will work toward obtaining their GED and be involved in a variety of self-help programs, as well as, work. The program operates on a four level system. Levels 1, 2, and 3 will last for three months. The Level Board will determine if they youthful offender will remain in the program. Each level will allow certain privileges. There is a daily point sheet each for security, education, work detail and mental health. Youthful offenders must maintain a certain average to remain on a level or proceed to the next. If an offender is making advanced progress, the Level Board can vote to move him to the next level sooner than scheduled

CORe (Corrections Organized for Re-Entry):

The key elements that contribute to reduced recidivism, (and therefore the key elements of offender re-entry strategies), are:

1) Basic education - should start in the institutions with beginning levels of literacy training and continue through the areas of reading, social studies, mathematics, and writing in order to prepare a foundation for the inmate’s pro-social life skills.

2) Job skills training - a significant percentage of inmates who come to prison are not employed at the time they commit the crime for which they were incarcerated. Vocational programs in the institutions will significantly improve the marketable skills the inmates can use upon release.

3) Substance abuse treatment - 80% of the offenders in our correctional system have substance abuse problems that contribute to their criminality. Dealing with those problems is an essential re-entry initiative.

4) Values development - most inmates have a values base that is inconsistent with what it takes to adjust in our society. It is imperative that we continue to install faith-based and character based programs to off set these deficits.

It is hoped that CORe will increase the number of offenders who will remain in the community lawfully, thus resulting in reduced cost, fewer crime victims, improved public safety, and an enhanced quality of life across the state.

Serious/Violent Offender Re-Entry Initiative (SVORI)

Louisiana received a three-year re-entry grant from the U.S. Department of Justice, which is being used to support and enhance the Department’s re-entry initiative. The Serious/Violent Offender Re-Entry Initiative (SVORI) (formally dubbed Going Home Program) is piloted at Dixon Correctional Institute (Jackson) and at the New Orleans District Probation and Parole Office. SVORI will target 150 offenders between the ages of 18 to 35 who have been convicted of a serious or violent offense and are releasing on good time parole supervision in Region IV, which includes Orleans, Jefferson, Plaquemine and St. Bernard parishes (the New Orleans Metropolitan area).

Ninety offenders received services through the Re-Entry Program during 2003. Screening offenders for program participation has been a priority for the Program Coordinator and Job Development Specialist. 163 offenders were screened for the program in November and December 2003.

Prisoner, Rehabilitation through Integrity, Discipline, and Education Program (PRIDE):

The PRIDE Program rewards inmates who possess and portray good citizenship, good moral character, and good conduct. All "PRIDE" members who are serving time for or have an institutional rule violation for a drug or sex related offense must participate or be on a waiting list for sex offender or substance abuse therapy. "PRIDE" members receive extra privileges such as more visitors, extended visiting time, later television and recreation room hours, increased canteen spending limits and attendance at inter-institutional events. Current PRIDE membership is 362

Pre-Release Programming

During the La. Regular Session, 2003, Senate Bill No. 518, Act No. 822 (La. R.S. 15:827.1) was passed and signed by the governor. Senate Bill No. 518 created the reentry preparation program within the Department of Public Safety and Corrections. In January of 2004, DCI began to bring the Pre-Release Program into compliance with this law. This bill requires inmate participation, requires 100 hours of pre-release programming beginning when an inmate is 6 months from release and requires that the following topics be covered:

* Employment Skills, including but not limited to

CORe (Corrections Organized for Re-Entry):

The Department of Public Safety and Corrections’ re-entry concept is now being developed for full implementation in Governor Blanco’s administration. The initiative is known by the acronym "CORe" (Corrections Organized for Re-entry).

CORe will originate with existing programs, which will be reordered and enhanced so that offenders will begin preparing for release when they enter our state correctional system. They will be encouraged to learn marketable skills, develop new behaviors, and address deficiencies, act responsibly and plan for a positive future. Incarcerated offenders will receive intensified preparation in the twelve to eighteen months before their release.

*job seeking skills

interview skills

*workplace interaction skills

Money Management Skills

Values Clarification and goal setting and achieving

Problem solving and decision making

Personal development and planning, including but not limited to:

social situations
emotional control

*sexual responsibility (HIV, AIDS, Hepatitis by Peer Educators

*parenting skills

*domestic violence

*family issues

*drug treatment and counseling

Individual reentry concerns

Reentry support organizations, including faith-based organizations

Anger Management

Victim awareness and restitution

In addition to the topics outlined above the pre-release program also includes:

* Business Office - discharge money and accounts

* Records Office - 12:01 releases and travel

* Probation and Parole - conditions of parole supervision

* Mail Room - discharge clothing

* Peer Educators - HIV Education

Parenting classes and substance abuse education classes are also available for inmates as they approach release. Priority is given to any inmate approaching discharge.

DCI has a Prisoner Enumeration Agreement with the Social Security Administration which enables us to assist inmates with obtaining replacement social security cards

Source: http://www.doc.louisiana.gov/dci/

Special units:

The Dialysis Unit houses all state inmates requiring care and
treatment for chronic renal failure. They are transported from DCI to
Earl K. Long Hospital for hemodialysis.

Inmates housed at and assigned to duties from the State Police
Barracks in Baton Rouge will be moved to new quarters at DCI in
late 2001. The current barracks capacity of 195 will be expanded to
accommodate 208 inmates.

Program notes:

The contractual public facilities and grounds maintenance crews operate out
of DCI. Through this janitorial service program, inmate crews maintain about
one million square feet in 14 state buildings and 120 acres of grounds in the
Baton Rouge metropolitan area, for which the state realizes a savings of over
$2.4 million/year. Two litter crews are assigned to Governor and Mrs.
Foster’s “Project Clean-Up.”

DCI provides security and inmate workers for the Wakefield Meat Distribution
Plant, which processes about 80 percent of all beef and pork consumed by
the department’s inmates. Beef, pork, poultry, and fish are purchased in bulk
and distributed to other state facilities.

The PRIDE (Prisoner Rehabilitation through Integrity, Discipline, and
Education) program rewards inmates who demonstrate good citizenship,
good moral character, and good conduct. Membership requires inmates to
be one year without a disciplinary write-up and affords them extra privileges
such as extended visiting hours and television and recreation room hours and
attendance at special institutional events.

DCI chaplains train and coordinate the services of about 350 volunteers, who
come to the prison each week to sponsor and coordinate at least ten group
gatherings of different denominations.

DCI boasts a chapter of Veterans Incarcerated, open to any inmate who has
served in the U.S. armed forces. The group provides services for veterans,
raises funds for charitable causes, and strives to improve the general public’s
perception of the incarcerated veteran. The inmate Jaycees man the
“Children’s Corner,” instituted in cooperation with Catholic Community
Services and C.U.R.E. (Citizens United for the Rehabilitation of Errants) to
provide books and coloring materials for children who come to visit inmates.
The Case Management for Youthful Offenders program targets the needs of
DCI’s youthful offenders by assessing educational needs, promoting and
encouraging prosocial and responsible behavior, and providing opportunities
for self improvement through established programs like substance abuse,
parenting skills, and anger management.

The Restorative Justice Project, piloted at David Wade Correctional Center,
now exists at DCI. The 20-week program stresses victim awareness and
offender accountability. Inmates, who volunteer to participate, must admit
guilt and accept responsibility for their crimes. During weekly sessions, they
read from journal assignments, which make personal application of the
material covered through presentations, exercises, and panels of visitors.
They do not receive certificates for participating.

Source: http://www.corrections.state.la.us/ Inmate Handbook

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