Louisiana Inmate Search

Louisiana Inmate Search

The Louisiana inmate search records will provide information about individuals under arrest in state prisons, parish jails, correctional facilities, and other detention institutions. Aside from personal information such as name, date of birth, gender, and ID number, it may also include inmate records such as court dates, arrest records, parole status, location of facility, mugshot, and release dates. Depending on the authority of the requestor, more records may be made available.

How do I find an inmate in Louisiana?

Any individual from the public can get records of an inmate by signing up to the Louisiana Automated Victim Notification System (LAVNS). This tool helps individuals to receive updates about the inmate of interest by sending text messages, email, or phone calls as soon as the inmate’s status is updated.

On top of that, the public can also locate an inmate by contacting the Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections (LA DPS&C). The inmate search system can be accessed by dialing 225-383-4580, which has a 24-hour availability to update individuals with daily records of an inmate in state prison.

For a jail inmate detained in either a police jail, city jail, or parish jail, the detainee’s jail record is managed by the local parish/city law enforcement organization. Therefore, if a person wants to find current inmates in local jails, they can first check the Sheriff’s Office or Police Department website and use their offender locator tool, or jail roster option. If both options are unavailable, a person can directly contact the institution to ask about the inmate.

Where are Louisiana inmates housed?

Louisiana state inmates are mostly housed in the state’s correctional facilities managed by the Department of Public Safety and Corrections, while the remaining others are assigned to private prisons and parish jails (also known as county jails). The location of all the correctional facilities in Louisiana can be found on the Department Facilities Map on the DPS&C website.

The following list is the correctional facilities in Louisiana state under the jurisdiction of the Department of Public Safety & Corrections.

Allen Correctional Center

B. B. Rayburn Correctional Center

David Wade Correctional Center

Dixon Correctional Institute

Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women

Louisiana State Penitentiary

Raymond Laborde Correctional Center

Winn Correctional Center


Louisiana Parish Jail

City jail and county jail is just a correctional or detention center operated by the government of the parish or community, whereas prisons are state-run secure facilities. In Louisiana, correctional facilities house prisoners charged with a felony and serving a sentence. Although most of the state inmates are housed in prisons, there are a few parish jails that have a reputation of having a large inmate population such as East Baton Rouge Parish, Orleans Parish, Ouachita Parish, Calcasieu Parish, Vermilion Parish, Jefferson Parish, and Bossier Parish. Among these, the top three highly populated jails are:

East Baton Rouge Parish Jail

The East Baton Rouge Parish jail is located in the city of Baton Rouge, Louisiana. Currently, the jail has an inmate population capacity of 1,500 people and a daily average of 1,400 inmates. This minimum security level jail is run by the parish Sheriff’s Office, with the supervision of Sheriff Sid. J. Gautreaux III.

Bossier Parish Jail

The Bossier Parish has several parish jails with different security levels. Currently, the parish jails have an overall capacity of 1,744 people, with a daily average of 1,400 inmates. The parish jails are managed under Bossier Sheriff’s Office under the supervision of Sheriff Julian C. Whittington

Calcasieu Parish Jail

Located in the city of Lake Charles, Louisiana, this medium-security level parish jail is managed by the Calcasieu Sheriff’s Office led by Sheriff Tony Mancuso. Currently, this jail is housing around 1050 inmates with a capacity of 1,300 people.

How do you contact an inmate in Louisiana?


Friends and family of an inmate may stay in touch with the prisoner through letters sent in the mail. The content of the letter should never be sexual or violent nature. There should never be any threat words exchanged even when both parties are joking. All letters need to be written on plain white paper and sent in a plain white envelope. The sender should never decorate the mail in any way to prevent letters from being denied.

The address format that should be written on the envelope should be as follow:

Inmate Name, ID Number

Facility Name

PO Box or Street Address

City, State, Zip Code


The Securus phone service provides Louisiana inmates the opportunity to make outgoing collect calls and prepaid calls to family members. Prisoners are only allowed to have up to 20 approved phone numbers within their list.

Cell phones are unable to receive collect calls, so the individual will need to set up an account with Securus to receive calls from the prisoner if the only phone the receiver has is a mobile phone. Setting up an account with Securus can be done by calling 1-800-844-6591 or visiting their website at securustech.net.

How to contact the Louisiana Department of Corrections?

The following are the contact information of the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections:

Mailing Address:

P.O. Box 94304

Baton Rouge, LA 70804-9304

Physical Address:

504 Mayflower Street

Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Phone Number: 225-342-6742

Fax Number: 225-342-3095

Individuals who are interested to contact the department for a specific reason are free to check the DPS&C contact page for more info.

How do you find out the release date of an inmate in Louisiana?

An individual can check the incarcerated person’s release date through the Department’s automated system at 225-383-4580 by providing the prisoner’s name with their date of birth of DPS&C number. If no information is available, the time calculation is yet to be completed and the individual will need to call again in the near future,

Can I send a care package to an inmate in Louisiana?

An incarcerated individual is not allowed to receive packages, publications, cards directly from friends and family. Instead, families may opt to send pre-approved care packages through a third-party vendor such as Union Supply Direct. Interested individual can look at their website to find information about their services, or to order packages for an inmate.

What can you send inmates in Louisiana prisons?

Sending mail to an inmate in Louisiana

The type of mail content an inmate can receive are letters and photos only. Other items, including cash, stamps, or other content besides the one stated previously are strictly prohibited. If such items are found, mail may be confiscated and labeled as contraband and may result in the sender to lose their mailing privileges or suspended.

Photos sent should not exceed the size of 4”x6”, and cannot be Polaroid or instant. Photos should also not contain any nudity or pictures of illegal activities. All mails should be as plain as possible with no additional decoration or embellishment such as lipstick, perfume, glitters, stickers, etc.

Sending money to an inmate in Louisiana

In order to send money to an inmate’s commissary account, the individual will need to provide the following information during the process of transaction:

  1. Inmate’s Name
  2. Inmate’s Offender Identification Number
  3. Inmate’s current housing facility

If an individual knows the inmate’s information, the person can proceed to deposit money through several methods:


The sender can either send the money by going to the facility and using the kiosks prepared for the money deposit. Another walk-in option is by using MoneyGram services by visiting any MoneyGram location and using the received code 8714. The account number of an inmate is the ID number followed by the inmate’s last name with no space in between.


If an individual prefers to do an online transaction, the person can use JPAY online service which will cost a certain fee depending on the amount deposited. This method can be paid using credit or debit cards with Visa or Mastercard logo.


An individual can also opt to deposit money using phone calls. This service is provided by JPAY and can be reached at the line 1-800-574-5729. The payment can be done using Mastercard or Visa debit/credit card. Each transaction will be charged a certain fee depending on the amount being sent.


To send money via mail, individuals need to purchase United States Postal Money Order from the Post Office. The money order needs to be completed and made payable to JPAY. An individual will also need to download and complete the inmate funds deposit slip and include it in the mail with the money order. The mailing address is as follow:


P.O. Box 531370

Miami Shores, FL 33153

How do I apply for Visitation of an inmate in Louisiana?

Visitation of inmates is not given to just anyone. In order to be able to visit an inmate in Louisiana prison, an individual will need to be listed on the offender’s approved visiting list. Prisoners can list up to 10 people to their approved visitor list and will be responsible to add any individual with the help of the prison staff.

When an individual is successfully listed, they need to complete the application form and mail it to the facility of interest. Minors are allowed to visit given that they are in the company of a parent or legal guardian the entire time during the visit. The parent/guardian will be responsible to complete the application for minor children under the age of 18. All applications must either be sent via mail or sent directly to the correctional facility administration. Faxes or email will not be bothered by the facility.

What are the Visitation rules?

The rules, procedures, and visiting hours of each facility may differ from each other. Therefore, if potential visitors are unsure of the information, they should directly contact the facility to clarify the matter. The following list is a few guidelines that will help visitor during visitation:

  1. All applicants will be screened for criminal records before, after, and on a regular basis.
  2. All visitors age 18 and above must have a valid photo identification during the visit.

All visitors are subjected to follow the dress code policy prepared by LA DPS&C and may be asked to leave if the clothing is deemed inappropriate.