Bossier Lockup Gets First Scrutiny
The Bossier, La., Sheriff’s Correctional Facility recently held an open house and is waiting on clearances from the state fire marshal and the health department to receive inmates, according to Warden Capt. Tom Rucker.
The structure is in a remote area and has eight dormitory-style holding areas that can sleep 75 prisoners. Four of the dorms are for women; all have communal tables and open shower facilities.
There are many security cameras, and the facility has isolated areas for more difficult prisoners and intake areas for processing as well as places for inmates to meet with their attorneys and to participate in videoconferencing. The latter reduces the need for inmate travel to and from the Parish Courthouse.
The sheriff is nearing completion of a 600-bed medium-security jail, and the Bossier Police Jury is building a 413-prisoner maximum-security facility that should be finished next year.
Abstracted by the National Law Enforcement and Corrections Technology Center(NLECTC) from the Shreveport Times (LA) (06/09/04) P. 1B; Prime, John Andrew .