Raymond Laborde Correctional Center

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Raymond Laborde Correctional Center
Location1630 Prison Road
Cottonport, Louisiana address
Security classminimum, medium, maximum
Capacity1564
Opened1989
Citynone (unincorporated area)
Cottonport postal address
CountyAvoyelles Parish
State/provinceLouisiana
CountryUnited States

Raymond Laborde Correctional Center (RLCC), formerly Avoyelles Correctional Center (ACC), is a state prison of Louisiana, operated by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. It is located in unincorporated Avoyelles Parish, Louisiana,[1] near Cottonport and about 30 miles (48 km) south of Alexandria.[2]

History[edit]

In 1989 Frank Polozola, the U.S. district judge in the state, approved a plan for the state to send over 600 state prisoners who were incarcerated in parish jails to state prisons. Avoyelles and Angola were the two state prisons planned to receive most of these prisoners.[3]

In 2011 there was a plan to sell Avoyelles to a private company. The bill failed while in a committee of the Louisiana House of Representatives. In 2012 House Bill 850, which called for the state to look for proposals in privatizing the prison, was launched. The budget under Governor Bobby Jindal called for closing J. Levy Dabadie Correctional Center, having its prisoners go to Avoyelles, and then sell Avoyelles.[4]

The ecumenical chapel at the Avoyelles Correctional Center is a gift of the late Roy O. Martin, Jr., a timber businessman from Alexandria, and his second wife, the former Vinita Johnson (1918-2007), who were advocates of faith-based initiatives in penal institutions.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2020 CENSUS - CENSUS BLOCK MAP: Avoyelles Parish, LA" (PDF). U.S. Census Bureau. p. 25 (PDF p. 26/36). Retrieved 2022-08-15. Avoyelles Correctional Ctr
  2. ^ "Avoyelles Correctional Center Archived November 30, 2012, at the Wayback Machine." Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections. Retrieved on October 26, 2012. "1630 Prison Road Cottonport, LA 71327"
  3. ^ "Judge approves transfer of 600 state prisoners." August 3, 1989. Retrieved on October 26, 2012. "U.S. District Judge Frank Polozola on Wednesday gave state officials permission to start implementing a plan on Thursday to move more than 600 state prisoners from crowded parish jails into state facilities within three weeks." and "[...]State Penitentiary at Angola and the Avoyelles Correctional Center, the two state facilities that will receive most of the prisoners from parish jails."
  4. ^ Adelson, Jeff. "Prison sale off the table, but hurdles remain for privatization." The New Orleans Times-Picayune. April 18, 2012. Retrieved on October 26, 2012.
  5. ^ "Roy O. Martin, Jr. obituary". The Shreveport Times. March 24, 2007. Retrieved July 27, 2014.

Further reading[edit]

  • "Officials say privately run Winn prison[...]" The Advocate. April 1, 1991. "The Winn Correctional Center here is doing everything the identical Avoyelles Correctional Center does and more and it is doing it all[...]" Appears on Google News, but the link states that no articles were found.

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Coordinates: 30°58′27″N 92°01′30″W / 30.97417°N 92.02500°W / 30.97417; -92.02500