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What are Louisiana Inmate Records?

Louisiana inmate records are the forms, documents, files, and paperwork associated with inmates residing in local county jails, detention centers, and state prison facilities. They come from local law enforcement (police and Sheriff’s departments), the courts, and confinement facilities.

Typically, Louisiana inmate records will include the offender’s name, date of birth, gender, and race. They may also contain a detailed physical description, mugshots, fingerprints, and information regarding their charges, sentencing, parole, and probation.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is the government agency in charge of inmate records and facilities. They also provide an offender locator service so that the public can quickly and easily find someone incarcerated within the state.

Louisiana Prison and Jail System

The state of Louisiana has nine state prisons spread all over the state to serve all counties. Louisiana also has 39 transitional work release programs and facilities that help inmates get ready for life beyond bars. The DPS&C also has dozens of community corrections offices to assist those inmates on parole or probation. Louisiana has 34,000 inmates in state prison.

The state also has 65 local parish jails. These jails hold temporary inmates awaiting trial and those serving very short sentences. There are roughly 12,000 people in local parish jails in Louisiana.

How to Search for Inmates in Louisiana

Louisiana offers a phone number for those looking to find someone in state prison. When calling, the requestor must have the offender’s name and date of birth or the offender’s DPS&C number. The service is available 24-hours per day, and it’s updated every 24 hours. The requestor will only be given information about the facility, the address, and a phone number to contact it directly.

The state also directs the public to the VINELink system to find inmates within the state and sign up for victim notifications when their offenders will be released from prison.

Another way to easily search for an inmate is to use the InfoTracer search tool to find an inmate incarcerated anywhere in the country. Along with criminal and incarceration records, people can find out all about someone using this service.

How to Contact, Send Money to or Visit an Inmate in Louisiana

To visit someone in a Louisiana prison, you must be on the inmate’s approved list. Each inmate has information on how to add you to their list. Visitors must follow all rules, including registering and providing ID, and are subject to a full search before each visit. Visitors must also follow strict dress codes and are not permitted to bring electronics or contraband into the prison.

Inmates are also allowed (outgoing only) calls, and each call is limited to 15 minutes. Family and friends are encouraged to use the Securus system to purchase prepaid phone time for loved ones in prison. Inmates are also allowed e-mail through the jPay system.

Family and friends can purchase food and hygiene products for inmates through the Canteen Package Program. They can also send money to inmates through the mail, in person, by telephone, or through the jPay app.