Correctional Facility Tours.
2:15 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Behind-the-Scene Tours to Local Facilities
Winter Conference attendees have the golden opportunity to see what's happening behind the scenes of the correctional facilities in the New Orleans area by participating in Correctional Facility Tours. Bus transportation from the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center to the facilities will be provided by the Louisiana Host Committee. Various tours of local correctional institutions and jails will give visitors a first-hand look at these county and state facilities, promising an enlightening and educational experience as they observe the day-to-day operation of these local facilities. Once you arrive in New Orleans, be sure to register at the ACA registration area in the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. It's imperative, however, that you act upon your arrival because these tours are popular and space fills quickly.
BRIDGE CITY CORRECTIONAL CENTER FOR YOUTH (BCCY)
Bridge City Correctional Center for Youth (BCCY), formally known as the Louisiana Training Institute-Bridge City, is located at 3225 River Road, Bridge City, Louisiana along the banks of the Mississippi River. BCCY houses mostly younger, less aggressive male youth between the ages of 10-20. The facility has a capacity of 130.
BCCY is home to the Short-Term Offender Program (STOP), a highly structured and intensive program designed to enhance the youth's self-esteem, productivity and successful reintegration into the community.
OFFICE OF YOUTH DEVELOPMENT TOUR
The Department of Public Safety and Corrections, Office of Youth Development, welcomes you to tour two of its innovative programs for adjudicated at-risk youth. The sites to be toured are the Jefferson Parish Marine Institute and the Juvenile Education and Training Program.
The first stop on the tour will be the Juvenile Education and Training Program, which is designed to provide enhanced community supervision/support, remedial education, rehabilitative services, and behavior modification. The facility has an internal gymnasium, three classrooms, behavioral intervention room, and a computer center with separate offices for administrative staff.
The second stop on the tour will be at the Jefferson Parish Marine Institute located just across the Mississippi River on the Westbank. The Marine Institute is recognized as an Alternative School in Jefferson Parish by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education of Louisiana, and became ACA certified in August of 2002 with a score of 100% on the mandatory standards and 99.4% on the non-mandatory. The Jefferson Parish Marine Institute's goal is to become an integral part of the Jefferson Parish community by providing quality community services for adjudicated youth.
THE ORLEANS PARISH CRIMINAL SHERIFF'S OFFICE (OPCSO)
The Orleans Parish Criminal Sheriff's Office (OPCSO) is one of the nation's largest jail/prison operations, incorporating New Orleans' booking and receiving facility and 12 security facilities ranging from minimum to maximum security. The OPCSO provides for the care and custody of an average of 6,300 inmates at any given time, with a maximum capacity of over 7,000 beds. In addition to providing for the safety, medical care and feeding of the inmates, the OPCSO provides rehabilitation programs for those who have committed non-violent offenses. Orleans Parish is unique in having the only Criminal Sheriff in the United States, a separation of the criminal and civil divisions of the Orleans Parish judicial system that dates back to the Reconstruction era after the Civil War.
The OPCSO will be offering four different tours. Three of these tours will allow visitors to witness the progress of three of its innovative programs that are aimed towards helping inmates learn how to redirect their lives. The first program tour will provide attendees with an in-depth look at the About Face Program, the South's largest boot camp and therapeutic drug treatment community. The second program tour offered by the OPCSO is the Aquaculture Division, which was created to help cut food costs, as well as provide training and rehabilitation for inmates. The Aquaculture Division teaches inmates to grow Tilapia, a type of fish, and various plants and vegetables. In its large tanks, the Aquaculture Division has the capability to grow approximately 200,000 Tilapia a year, and through the use of the Program's hydroponics greenhouses on the veranda of the Correctional Community Center, some 8,000 heads of lettuce and hundreds of pounds of okra, tomatoes and cucumbers can be grown each month. The third program tour will introduce attendees to OPCSO's Culinary Arts program, which is housed in a very modern kitchen and feeds approximately 7,174 inmates daily. The final tour offered will be of OPCSO's Intake and Processing Center, which has processed nearly 80,000 offenders in 2003 alone.