Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) is an adult male multilevel security institution located at St. Gabriel. The prison, which opened in 1979, has an operational capacity of 2,186. EHCC serves two major correctional functions. In addition to housing male inmates on a permanent basis, EHCC has the unique role of being the intake point of adult male offenders committed to the Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C). This process is known as the Adult Reception and Diagnostic Center (ARDC). EHCC received ACA accreditation in August 1993 and was released from the federal consent decree in 1997.
EHHC is the second largest prison in the state. As a multilevel security facility, EHCC has within its confines all three levels of custody--minimum, medium, and maximum. By departmental policy, EHCC receives and holds other medium security disciplinary transfers, mental health and medical concerns, shock incarceration participants, lifers, and trustees assigned to work crews. All transfers affecting state inmates must be processed through the Transfer Section. EHCC also serves as the medical facility for all seriously or chronically ill inmates.
The mission of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center is 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. In addition, EHCC provides each inmate the opportunity to become a successful citizen upon release through the provision of an assortment of assessment, diagnostic, work, educational, self-help, discipline, medical, mental health, and social programs.
The goals of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center are:
1. Maximize public safety through appropriate and effective custodial and supervisory programs.
2. Provide for the safety of correctional staff and inmates by maintaining an organized and disciplined system of operations that promotes stability in institutional and other field operations.
3. Ensure that basic services relating to adequate food, clothing, medical care, and shelter are provided to the inmate population.
4. Provide an environment that enables behavior change by making rehabilitative opportunities available for inmates who demonstrate motivation for change and the desire to participate in rehabilitative programs.
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center has five programs: Administration, Incarceration, Rehabilitation, Diagnostic, and Health Services.
This agency's recommended appropriation includes $39,991 for short-term debt, including Lease Purchase agreements.
In addition to the above recommended appropriation, $2,247,215 will be paid in Fiscal Year 1998-1999 for long-term debt incurred on behalf of this agency from the previous sale of bonds. Total long-term debt payments for the state for Fiscal Year 1998-1999 are reflected in the Governor's Executive Budget Supporting Document in Non-Appropriated Requirements, Schedule 22-922.
This agency's recommended appropriation also includes the following amount by means of financing for payments on the unfunded accrued liability of the Louisiana State Employees' Retirement System in accordance with the provisions of Article X, Section 29 of the Constitution of Louisiana:
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