Diversion Programs : Transitional Work Program

 Transitional Work Program

 

The Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office Transitional Work Program has been in operation since July 2004 and was formerly located in downtown Lafayette. In May 2014 it was relocated to the Public Safety Complex. The 50,000 square foot facility is a 192 bed minimum security free egress dormitory facility (160 male beds, 32 female beds). Future growth and expansion were also part of the design and currently the facility can be expanded to 320 beds. The program allows approved adult offenders an opportunity to work and provide for their families. The program provides participants with the opportunity to re-establish dignity, self-esteem, and their transition back into the community as a responsible adult. In partnership with the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the TWP follows Standard Operating Procedures set forth by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, as well as national standards by the American Correctional Association (ACA). The program was granted initial accreditation by the ACA in August 2015, being only the 2nd Sheriff’s Office TWP in the state to hold that accreditation. 

The program has been shown to reduce recidivism by teaching new job skills and positive work habits allowing participants to earn money to help support family members, provide restitution, child support, pay court fees and/or have funds available to help their transition back into society upon release. All participants are required to be employed full-time while in the program and may be required to participate in community service. In addition to employment requirements, participants are encouraged - and may be mandated on a case by case basis - to attend educational substance abuse and job skills programs. Studies have shown that participants in this program are half as likely to return to jail when compared to the national average. 

The Corrections Transportation section also falls under this department. The Transportation Department for the Lafayette Parish Sheriff’s Office and Correctional Division handles all court transfers, court orders, OPC and PEC transports, warrant transports, transfers to and from any local or state facility, local extraditions, hospital appointments and surgery appointments, bondman surrenders, as well as US Marshal Transports within the state. The Corrections Transportation section handles on average 900 transports per quarter. 

 

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For More Information Contact:

Sarah Downs

Re-Entry Program Coordinator

337.236.3969 Ext.7331

sarah.downs@lafayettesheriff.com