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Default Avoyelles Correctional Center (AVC)

AVOYELLES CORRECTIONAL CENTER (AVC)
1630 Prison Road
Cottonport, LA 71327

(318) 876-2891



Warden: Baron Kaylo

Opened: 1989


AVC houses Maximum, Medium, and Minimum custody inmates.



Education:
Literacy, Adult Basic Education and GED preparation.
Vocational Training in Culinary Arts, Horticulture, Collision Repair,
Automotive Technology, Deisel Technology, and Computer
Refurbishing..
Inmates may also register for college correspondence courses at
their own expense.


Program notes:
A Juvenile Awareness Program, developed in 1993, enables inmates to “give
something back” to the community. School and church groups can take a
perimeter bus tour and walk through a medium custody housing area.
Carefully selected inmates perform skits emphasizing the consequences of
drug and alcohol abuse and criminal behavior, hoping to influence youth to
reevaluate bad situations while there is still time.

A computer refurbishing program, administered by the Louisiana Technical
College - Avoyelles Campus, is a “win, win, win” initiative. Scrapped and
surplus computers go to the facility, not a landfill; inmates are taught skills
to repair computers; the finished products are donated to parish schools.
In collaboration with the Marksville Police Department and the Marksville
Chamber of Commerce, AVC operates a bicycle recycling program. Inmates
refurbish donated and abandoned bikes and the Marksville PD donates them
to disadvantaged children in the parish.

When the cost of inmate brogans almost doubled, AVC began “recycling,”
replacing the sole and/or heel of salvageable shoes, sanitizing them, and
giving them a good coat of polish.

Annually, inmates in the Social Advancement Club donate school supplies
and Christmas gifts to area children who need them. Inmates in the Amateur
Officials Club provide food baskets at Thanksgiving to needy members of the
parish’s elderly population.

Under direct staff supervision, inmates are trained and certified by the Alexandria chapter of the American Red Cross to provide HIV/AIDS
education and counseling to the inmate population. Peer counselors, housed
throughout the prison, handle new-inmate orientation and participate in
prerelease preparation.


AVC was a catalyst for Operation P.E.E.P. (Parish-Wide Escape/
Emergency Contingency Plan) through which representatives of AVC, the
Avoyelles Parish Sheriff’s Office, and State Police developed a coordinated
plan for responding to events like a prison escape. AVC also developed a
Citizens Emergency Response Team, consisting primarily of elderly citizens,
who agree to notify neighbors if there were an escape.

AVC is developing a Youthful Offender Case Management program to target
incoming inmates who are not yet twenty years old. A multi-disciplinary
team will manage the program’s population.

AVC officers help maintain the secure ward at the Huey P. Long Regional
Medical Center in Pineville, where inmates are sent for scheduled
appointments with medical specialists.


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