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Default Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC)

Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

Mailing Address:
Post Office Box 174
St. Gabriel, LA 70776

Phone Number: (225) 642-3306

It is the mission of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (E.H.C.C.) to strive to provide a controlled correctional environment in a professional manner so as to protect the safety of the general public, the surrounding community, the staff, and the offender population. Safety is an integral part of every operation at EHCC and all employees and inmates are responsible for adhering to proper safety procedures at all times. Each inmate is provided basic services relating to adequate food, clothing, health care and shelter. E.H.C.C. strives to provide an environment that enables positive behavioral change through educational and rehabilitative opportunities to allow offenders to become successful citizens upon release and to enhance the ability of the offenders to live lawfully in the community. All of this is accomplished through an assortment of assessment, diagnostic, work, educational, self-help, discipline, medical, mental health, and social programs. Inmates are also provided an opportunity to make restitution and to participate in restorative justice initiatives as a mechanism to compensate individuals and communities harmed by crime. Toward these ends, the Warden formulates goals and objectives for the institution annually


"Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) is an adult male maximum security institution that was opened in 1979. It has an inmate population of 2,105 and is located at St. Gabriel, Louisiana. EHCC serves multiple functions for the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C). In addition to housing 1,510 male inmates on a permanent basis, the EHCC facility has the unique role of being an intake point for adult male offenders committed to the DPS&C. An additional 395 beds are devoted to this process known as HRDC (Hunt Reception and Diagnostic Center. There is an additional 200 beds dedicated to the Intensive Motivational Program for Alternative Correctional Treatment (IMPACT), a bootcamp style program. EHCC is also responsible for supervision of the Security Ward at the Louisiana State University Medical Center in New Orleans; coordinating and processing transfers (Transfer Section) affecting state inmates assigned to the southern region of the state (Region II); all aspects, other than physical custody, of managing state inmates assigned to local correctional facilities in the southern region of the state (Region II); operation of the Hunt Special Unit (HSU) for inmates with acute mental illnesses; operation of the IMPACT program; as well as services /programs and security for the EHCC permanent population.

Elayn Hunt Correctional Center is the second largest prison in the state of Louisiana. EHCC is a maximum security facility, housing within its confines all three levels of custody: maximum, medium, and minimum. By departmental policy EHCC receives and holds inmates with medium and maximum security for disciplinary transfers, mental health, and medical concerns, shock incarceration participants, lifers, and trustees assigned to work crews. EHCC is a centralized multi-service facility diversified in functions that benefit all of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. It is the policy of EHCC to include and encourage the services of citizen volunteers in the educational, social, religious, and recreational programming of inmate activities at the facility.

EHCC has successfully maintained accreditation by the American Correctional Association since 1993. The facility’s Mission Statement, Goals and non-confidential Institutional Policies are available to the general public upon request by contacting the Warden's Office.


Inmates who are in custody of the Department of Public Safety & Corrections (DPS&C) are transferred into the Hunt Reception and Diagnostic Center (HRDC) at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) from parish jails and other DPS&C facilities for diagnostic processing to determine appropriate placement within the reception center and ultimately the institutional system. Youthful offenders are received from parish jails only when they have been tried as adults according to Ch.C.Art. 305, Ch.C.Art. 857, La.R.S. 15:902.1, or when they have reached the age of criminal responsibility and are sentenced in a criminal district court. Unless sentenced to life, youthful offenders are processed for program participation in the Dixon Correctional Institute Youthful Offender program.

HRDC provides a comprehensive evaluation procedure for all diagnostic and classification services. All newly committed inmates in the (DPS&C) Department of Public Safety and Corrections receive a complete medical examination, a thorough psychological evaluation, and an in depth social workup. This entire procedure can take up to approximately two to three weeks, at the end of which a staffing is prepared for each inmate. Based on the staffing results, the inmate is assigned to one of the several (DPS&C) Department of Public Safety Corrections facilities. Several considerations are weighed in this placement staffing; the most important factor considered being security. After a security status is established, the specific needs of the inmate are addressed and considered along with institutional availability and institutional needs. The inmate is then transferred to the facility best suited to his and society's needs.


EHCC offers a wide range of job opportunities to its inmate population; jobs that not only serve the institution, (DPS&C) Department of Public Safety & Corrections, and surrounding community but the inmates as well by way of instilling a work ethic and, in many cases, offering job skills for the future. All able bodied inmates are required to work in the field operation for a minimum of ninety days before becoming eligible for other work. Included in the job pool of EHCC are the Kitchens, Chemical Plant, and numerous Community Work Crews.

There are several educational programs at EHCC. Academically there is a literacy program; basic adult education course designed to upgrade basic reading and mathematics skills; a G.E.D. preparatory course designed to enable an inmate to receive a high school diploma; and a special needs program designed to prepare those who do not have sufficient academic training to enter into a vocational education program. The JSEP (Job Skills Educational Program) affords the inmates a chance to learn a wide variety of job skills, prepare for the GED Exam, and enhance their computer skills while working at their own pace. Vocational education programs are available in Welding, Automotive Maintenance, Carpentry, Refrigeration/Climatic Control, Cabling Electronics, and Outdoor Power Equipment.


EHCC provides the inmate population with a comprehensive program of mental health services. Among the services available are a transitional counseling group for newly incarcerated inmates; a problem-solving group; a Veterans Support Group; an institutional adjustment group; individual counseling; HIV/AIDS counseling services, and a comprehensive prerelease program. Individual counseling components of EHCC's Mental Health Program are crisis intervention and the multifaceted Substance Abuse Program. EHCC offers a wide range of clinical services utilizing psychologist, psychiatrist, clinical social workers, and substance abuse counselors.

Source: http://www.corrections.state.la.us/ehcc/index.htm

Special units:

The Adult Reception and Diagnostic Center (ARDC) handles intake and classification for most males entering the state system.

IMPACT (Intensive Motivational Program of Alternative Correctional Treatment) was established in 1987 and is often referred to as “the boot camp program.” It consists of a minimum of 180 days in a
highly regimented, tightly structured treatment program within a military model, followed by a period of intensive parole supervision. IMPACT maintains a separate American Correctional Association
(ACA) accreditation and was first accredited in 1994. It was recognized in 1998 as an ACA “Best Practice.” IMPACT inmates are a highly visible part of EHCC’s public service effort.

The Hunt Special Unit (HSU) houses inmates with acute mental health problems.

The Classification/Jail Records staff perform a statewide classification function, overseeing the transfer of all DOC inmates (male and female) at the local level and within the state system. They also manage the population of state inmates housed in parish facilities, local jails, work release centers, State Police Barracks, and out-of-state jurisdictions (a total of almost 16,000) and are responsible for in-take documentation, time computation, and records maintenance for those inmates.

Program notes:

EHCC is equipped to house male inmates with serious or chronic mental health/medical problems and those requiring protective custody. EHCC has a disciplinary adjustment program for maximum custody inmates.

EHCC conducts an HIV peer counseling program for inmates entering the system through ARDC. EHCC offers a Hospice program wherein trained individuals work with terminally ill inmates and their families.

EHCC supervises the secure ward at the Medical Center of Louisiana in New Orleans and provides security staffing, maintenance, and other support for the Headquarters compound in Baton Rouge.

EHCC offers “Keeping Kids from Incarceration” tours as a means of educating at-risk juveniles about prison life. The prison offers a range of eucational tours for other school and youth groups.

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

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