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Default Washington Correctional Institute

Washington Correctional Institute
27268 Highway 21
Angie, LA 70426
Phone Number: (985) 986-5005

Warden - James Miller


The mission of Washington Correctional Institute is to provide for the custody, control, care and treatment of each inmate through compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and procedures. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of programs that provide a public service and those designed to reintegrate the inmate into society while ensuring the safety of the public

Educational Programs

The Education Department recognizes that an inmate’s education is related to the recidivism rate. Inmates demonstrating the desire, self-discipline, and motivation to achieve an improved level of education are offered the opportunity to do so. The Education Department’s goal is to provide each individual inmate, including those with physical, mental, emotional, and learning disabilities, the opportunity to improve his academic and or vocational skills before release. All programs are voluntary but once registered a student must attend on a mandatory call-out basis.

Daytime Classes

The Director of Education supervises all academic and vocational programs.
Admittance into the education program is voluntary. Inmates are expected to show progress in their classes.

Evening Classes

Academic, Faith Based, and River Parish Community College Extension programs are also administered by The Director of Education. While admittance to the programs is voluntary, the callouts are mandatory. Inmates attending mandatory callout programs will be dropped from the course after their third unexcused absence.

Available Programs

The Education Department provides inmates the opportunity to participate in various Education programs.

Daytime Programs:

Program No. 1 Basic Education Skills Levels 1-8

Program No. 2 Preparation for GED

Program No. 3 Vocational Training

Evening Programs:

Faith-Based Education Program

River Parish Community College Extension

Approved Correspondence Courses

Program No. 1

This program provides “one-on-one” student instruction. Students are enrolled for half-day sessions and are awarded certificates of achievement upon completion of the course. This program, under the supervision of the Director of Education, uses full-time staff instructors and full-time inmate tutors. Inmate tutors receive training and certification from the educational staff.

Program No. 2 (GED)

The Pre-GED is an all day program available to inmates with an assessed TABE score of 7.5-9.9. The curriculum is designed to ready the student for the GED program over a three month period. At the conclusion of the three month class, students who score a 10.0 or higher on the TABE are advanced to GED. Others are excused from school to study on their own and take the TABE again after three months. If they score a 10.0 or higher, they are then placed in the GED class.
The GED Program is available to inmates with an assessed TABE score level of 10.0 or above. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the GED exam within a three-month time period. Inmates who successfully complete the GED program will receive a High School Equivalency Diploma.

Program No. 3 (Vocational Training)

Louisiana Technical College - Sullivan Campus

The Education Department, in cooperation with Louisiana Technical College - Sullivan Campus (LTC), offers competency-based curricula supported by appropriate materials and classroom resources. Instructors are certified or approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and/or the Louisiana Department of Education.

The vocational programs offered by LTC include:

Welding Automotive

Carpentry Computer Networking

Inmates who successfully complete a vocational course will receive a certificate for that skill. Where available national certification tests will be offered, allowing students to obtain certification that is recognized by a national body.

Additional Vocational Programs

Under a grant, the prison offers two programs that are not under LTC but are taught by qualified, certified personnel. A small engine repair class meets on Saturdays. A culinary arts class meets two days a week. Upon completion certificates are given to students for the skill. National certification tests are offered for students in the small engine repair class.

Legal Class
A law class is offered on Saturdays. It is designed to train prospective inmate counsel or to help inmates understand their own legal work

Faith-Based Education Programs

These programs are available to the general population. All classes are held in the Education Building during evening hours. They have a duration of approximately three hours. There are two classes per week for thirteen weeks.

This is a non-credited discipleship program

River Parish Community College Extension

The College program is available to high school and GED graduates who score at 10.0 or higher on the TABE. Inmates work toward an Associate Degree with a concentration in either business or religion. To obtain the degree, students must complete 64 hours of credits. All classes are transferable to other Louisiana state institutions of higher learning. Upon release, students can continue their education at a community college or university.

Participation is by application, acceptance and mandatory callout. Inmates who are absent more than three callouts will be removed from the program.

Source: http://www.corrections.state.la.us/wci/

Program notes:

Inmate work crews maintain the Visitor Welcome Center on I-110 near
Inmate cews also assist with lighting for Bogalusa’s Cassidy Park
Christmas display; perform year-round maintenance, repairs, and
construction at the Washington Parish Fair Grounds in Franklinton; perform
landscaping and grounds keeping on city property in Bogalusa; prepare the
site of area’s Campfire Council’s summer camp; perform construction and
maintenance projects at the Louisiana Technical College, Sullivan Campus.

Inmate programs include a 12-Step Alcoholics Anonymous/Narcotics
Anonymous group; “Crimeoholics,” a program that helps inmates combat the
likelihood of return to prison by teaching self-awareness and life styles that
offer an alternative to crime; and other groups that focus on self-esteem and
anger/stress management and impulse control.

WCI is one of two pilot locations for the Vital Issues Project (VIP), a
cognitive-based program that seeks to teach inmates that they can have a
higher quality of life without antisocial activities. It was implemented in
December 1999 to serve inmates within eighteen months of release. Groups
of 25 inmates move through the program, which operates based on peer
group relationships and helps participants begin to recognize their own
potential and see the role of motivation and hard work in creating positive
results for themselves.

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

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