New correctional complex expected to focus on rehabilitation
THIBODAUX, La. (AP) — A community celebrated the opening of a correctional complex that’s expected to focus on rehabilitation and reducing recidivism.
The Houma Courier reports the opening of the $40 million Lafourche Parish Correctional Complex was celebrated Wednesday. Construction of the 118,095-square-foot (10971.4-sq. meter) structure near Thibodaux began in 2016 after parish residents approved a 0.2 percent sales tax.
Originally built in 1976, the current facility holds about 245 inmates. Lt. Brennan Matherne says with little room to expand the aging building, a number of parish inmates are sent to other parishes at an astronomical cost.
Inmates in the new facility will have greater autonomy, living in open dorms of about 50 people, with recreation and other available activities. Some inmates will be moved from the parish jail in about a month.
Information from: The Courier, http://www.houmatoday.com