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Sheriff: Vernon Correctional Facility to close March 31

Sophia Landry

Mar 5, 2018 03:37 PM

VERNON PARISH, LA (KPLC) - The Vernon Parish Correctional Facility will close on March 31 due to financial reasons, according to Vernon Parish Sheriff Sam Craft.

The VCF currently houses 201 inmates.

"We have thoroughly investigated every possible avenue to avoid closing the facility," said Craft. "With the number of inmates that we currently house, it is no longer financially feasible to remain open."

A facility similar to VCF needs to house a minimum of 350 inmates per day to be self-supporting, Craft said.

"Numerous studies show that Louisiana Sheriff’s are underpaid approximately $ 10 per day per inmate," Craft said. "This fact along with the fact that the current state budget shows a $5 per day cut to house state inmates, are major factors in a decision that has been months in the making."

The Louisiana Department Corrections will review inmate rosters and make a determination as to where each VCF inmate will be transferred.

"There are several current VCF employees who will be able to retire and I am diligently working to reassign as many VCF employees as possible," said Craft.

KPLC will continue to update this story as we receive information.

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Ace Midnight
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re: Vernon Parish shuts down correctional facility
You know? I want violent prisoners to stay incarcerated, but this entire moneymaking scheme - not just the "for profit" jails, but the profit incentive for Sheriffs to house DOC prisoners in their facilities has never set right with me.

Just hasn't.


Giventofly
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re: Vernon Parish shuts down correctional facility
Agreed. So what i got out of the article was that Vermilion Parish will continue arresting law breakers. They will just be housed somewhere else.

So how could this be a bad thing?

Police still arrest, you just don’t have the people of Vermillion Parish without a county jail.


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iamAG
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Kinda an odd time to complain about that. It would have been easy for the sheriffs to arrest people on charges they let typically let walk to reach the 350. I agree it’s a problem, but don’t see how it’s relevant to this situation:


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A facility similar to VCF needs to house a minimum of 350 inmates per day to be self-supporting, Craft said.
Did they overestimate the "badness" of the people in VP? Are people getting less bad?
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fatboydave
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re: Vernon Parish shuts down correctional facility
the parish pays $3.50 / day to house inmates. DOC pays $22-23/day. That's to house, feed, guard, provide medical and liberry, etc. If the turtle cuts funding to sheriffs I bet you will see others close down but that's what the libs want. Free the prisoners and hope they don't commit more crimes.


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Free the prisoners and hope they don't commit more crimes.


More like the Libs want them free in order TO commit more crimes so they can run someone against the incumbent as "tough on crime, reopening the parish jail".

Just like typical libs though, they will not mention the massive tax increases required for said reopening.


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re: Vernon Parish shuts down correctional facility
Liberal judges have made the cost of housing prisoners higher with their space mandates (jails are inspected for compliance).

Conservatives see county jails as cash cows, holding excess prisoners from larger areas whose own jails are full.

Jail = a business, no different than a hotel. Empty rooms are bad for the bottom line.


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