Jail and Inmate Search in Louisiana
Currently, Louisiana has an inmate population of 33,739. 47% of those are held in jail and the rest in prison or work-release programs. 66.6% of Louisiana inmates are Black, 32.9% are White and the rest a variety of other races. 94.3% are male with the remainder being female. The average age of inmates in Louisiana is 37.2 years old. Louisiana also has 71 inmates on death row awaiting execution. 4,824 of the prison inmates are “lifers” sentenced to life in prison without parole. Louisiana also cares for 293 youths in detention centers around the state.
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What are Jail Records?
Louisiana jail records are all the forms and documents filled out on an inmate in the state prison system. From the time of arrest, this information is kept and updated within the computerized system. To keep track of all inmates, events that happen to them and the things they do, this system is crucial to keeping things organized. The system of jail records is shared by all law enforcement agencies in the state and frequently updated whenever something new occurs. Everything from medical exams, to fights with other inmates and meetings with their lawyer, are all documented in the record.
How to Search for Inmates in Louisiana
Louisiana does not have an online system for looking up inmates. However, they do have a 24-hour offender locator phone number that you can call 225-383-4580. You must have the offender’s DOC number when calling, or at least the person’s name and birth date. Louisiana Department of Corrections updates this information daily. You may also use VINELink or another third-party search system to locate an inmate incarcerated in Louisiana.
Creating Public Jail Records
When local law enforcement arrests someone in Louisiana, a jail record is created. The first document is called a RAP sheet. After that if they are sent to jail, get released on bond or bail or attend a hearing, it’s all documented into their file. Each inmate has a jail record that follows him or her throughout their time within the system. If they end up in prison, that record is further updated with new events, such as a move to a new facility, participation in a work-release program or visitation. Anything that occurs in the inmate's prison life is noted in the record. Most jail records are updated daily.
Criminal Justice Quick Facts
Louisiana Prisoner Statistics by Gender
The number of Louisiana prisoners at the year-end of 2016 was 35,682, that saw a 1.9% decrease compared to the previous year. Females made up 5.6% of prison population while the number of male prisoners counted 33,701 in 2016.
The Prisoner Change by Gender in % for the Last 10 Years
|Number of Male Prisoners||Number of Female Prisoners|
|Change in Number of Male Prisoners||Change in Number of Female Prisoners|
The Timeline of Total Prisoners from 2007-2016
The prison population of Louisiana is 35,682 inmates, that is 4.9% lower than it was 10 years ago. The highest number of prison population in Louisiana was in 2012, when the number of prisoners was 40,170 inmates.
Louisiana Parole Population
Louisiana parole population as of the beginning of 2016 counted 31,187 people, 864 paroles per 100.000 population. That’s by 280 people less compared to the previous year, which has decreased by -0.9%.
Paroles per 100.000 population
Parole Total Population in Louisiana
Parole Entries & Exits
Change in 2016, in Percentage and Number
Number on parole per 100,000 U.S. adult residents
Adults entering parole, by type of entry
|Type of Parole Entry||Number of Parolees|
|Term of supervised release:||26|
|Unknown or not reported:||0|
The southern state of Louisiana has 111 jails and nine prisons. The jails are spread over 64 counties. The Louisiana Department of Corrections agency employs 4,831 staff members and manages and operates all inmates and facilities on a budget of $692 million. It costs $17,486 to house and care for an inmate for the year. Along with the prison population, Louisiana’s community corrections system oversees 40,174 people on probation and 30,907 inmates currently on parole. Based on one hundred thousand residents, Louisiana has an incarceration rate of 760, with a property crime rate of 3,298 and a violent crime rate of 566.
|Prison Name||Prison Type|
|B.B. Rayburn Correctional Center||State Prison|
|David Wade Correctional Center||State Prison|
|Dixon Correctional Institute||State Prison|
|Elayn Hunt Correctional Center||State Prison|
|Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women||State Prison|
|Louisiana State Penitentiary||State Prison|
|Raymond Laborde Correctional Center||State Prison|
|Winn Correctional Center||State Prison|
|Bossier Parish Sheriff Office|
|Natchitoches Parish Sheriff Office|
|St. Martin Sheriff's Juvenile Training Center|