Calcasieu Correctional Center – Lake Charles, LA

Calcasieu Correctional Center is located in Calcasieu Parish and is the main jail for that area. Looking for somebody incarcerated at Calcasieu Correctional Center? This site tells you about anything related to Calcasieu Correctional Center: Learn how to locate an inmate. Find inmate mughsots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Calcasieu Correctional Center intake procedures. Court information and records. And lots more.

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The thought of getting arrested and going to jail is a scary thought, not only for whoever gets arrested, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give information you need to make helping someone get out of jail a little less stressful. If you have a specific question, please feel free to ask it, and please leave any comments or tips that might help others is welcome.

General Information

Address

Calcasieu Correctional Center
5410 East Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70615

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 337) 491-3800
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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a friend or family member in jail and don’t know how to contact them?

Do you know a friend or family member who’s been arrested and you don’t know how to find them?

To see who’s in jail at Calcasieu Correctional Center you will need to navigate to their website and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Locator

The Calcasieu Correctional Center Inmate Locator is an online list of persons who were arrested and are now in jail, including status, bail amount, and schedule for visitation. Also, you are able to get the same information for anybody arrested and booked or discharged within the past 24 hour period. Jail inmates are shown in alphabetical order by their last name. You’ll be able to get their inmate information fast if you’ve got their full name, birth date, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one may be at another county jail you can look here: List of all county jails in Louisiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, or booking photograph, is the photo taken by the police during jail intake processing. A mugshot is actually two photos one and one profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they will be stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshots can be seen on the Calcasieu Correctional Center website, or you can view them at the Calcasieu Correctional Center. When you search for mugshots online you will have to input their name, and the arrest date, if you have one.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to get your mugshot taken down from the Calcasieu Correctional Center site? This can be tricky, since your mugshot is a matter of public record. To get your mugshot taken down you must file a ‘Petition to Expunge’. What this means is that your arrest record will be sealed, so no one will be able to see them. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

For a more indepth article about getting your mugshot taken down, the different mugshot websites, and the websites that offer to remove your mugshot for you: How To Get Your Mugshot Removed


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Of course, once you are arrested and put in jail, your only thought is about when and how you will get out. After booking, your bail is decided using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If there is no bail set this can mean that you will either be released on your ‘own recognizance’ until your court date, or you are kept in jail until your court date.

If you are released from jail you must agree to go to your court date, and you are not permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, prisoners will be given time off in exchange for good behavior when they respect the rules and act right while they are in jail.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you might be given work release detail. You will either have to return to jail at the end of the day when you’re finished with work, or you could be permitted to sleep in a halfway house instead of living at the jail.

Bail

Bail is how much money that you have to pay to get out of jail until your court date. The amount of bail that is set is determined by what crime you are charged with and how serious it is. You will need to post ten percent of the total set so you are able to bail out of jail. If you don’t show up for your scheduled court date, whoever paid your bail won’t get the bail money back.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out how much bail money you will need to bail someone out of jail must call the jail or the county courthouse. If you’ve got the pertinent information, like name, address and date of birth, they’ll let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Calcasieu Correctional Center site.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Bailing out of jail is no fun, but in some cases, it’s really easy. First, figure out if it is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bondsman. They only accept cash at the jail, so you have to take cash – they can’t take a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the prisoner will get released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, you’ll get the bail money back.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you should try a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen usually charge a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total bail amount, and sometimes charge a minimum of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and the bondsman only accepts cash. If the bail is exceptionally high, the bail bondsman will in most cases ask to use your assets as collateral.

To find a local bail bondsman go to: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

  • Get Time Off For Good Behavior
  • Work Release Programs
  • Released For Time Served
  • Pre-Trial Release Programs
  • Get Out on House Arrest
  • Own Recognizance


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The jail intake process includes the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If there are a lot of arrests, you may not be processed immediately.
  • Firstly, you have to answer a bunch of questions, like what is your full legal name, your address, date of birth and a contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You’ll be given an inmate number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken from you and stored until you get released from jail.
  • You will be allowed to make a phone call in order to call a member of your family, friend, or bondsman to arrange bail.
  • If they expect that you will make bail and be released quickly, you might be allowed to wear your own clothes, otherwise you you will have to wear a jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

Once you are able to post bail, you will be discharged from jail. Getting discharged takes anywhere between 30 minutes to hours or even all day long. Or, simply, the faster you can post bail, the sooner you will get discharged from jail. How quickly you get discharged can depend on whether you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate must determine the amount of bail to be set. For a minor offense, you will get booked and released on your own recognizance. When you have completed your jail sentence and are given a release date, you should plan to get discharged that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

In the event there is a, or if you have to start your sentence, it is recommended that you follow the rules and turn yourself in willingly. If it is for a warrant, go to the jail processing area, and let them know that you think there may be a warrant out for your arrest. The officer will verify that you have an outstanding arrest warrant, and if they verify that there is a warrant for your arrest, you will be taken into jail custody. If it is for a jail sentence, go to the jail at the time and date that the sentence order lists. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring necessary items when you go to jail, like your drivers license or even state issued ID, any prescription medication you might take, along with your doctor’s prescription, and a sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

Inmates need to list each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitor’s names will be entered into a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor has to provide a photo ID when visiting. Any visitors that gets to visitation or without a visiting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures change often, so you should visit the jail site before you visit an inmate.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

Phone calls that inmates are allowed to make from jail are made through a jail approved pre-paid phone account or phone card . Calls made in jail are usually more expensive than phone calls made at home. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but bear in mind that every inmate wants to use the phone too, so they can call their family. If you break the rules and are disciplined, an inmate’s ability to use the phone might get cut back or totally denied.

Phone Number: 337) 491-3800

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail must be mailed using the actual US Postal Service, and not courier or delivery, or hand delivered. You can’t use any other type of mail delivery. You should write or type the prisoner’s name, inmate ID, and the jail address on the letter. Do not mail anything in a package, envelope with padding or insulation, bag, or an envelope with metal in it. Any mail sent to inmates gets opened and reviewed by staff, and the mail will get returned to the sender if they decide it is inappropriate.

Mailing Address

The mailing address for Calcasieu Correctional Center is:

Calcasieu Correctional Center
5410 East Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70615

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Calcasieu Correctional Center
5410 East Broad Street
Lake Charles, LA 70615


The Calcasieu Correctional Center mail policy changes, so it would be best to check the site before you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you have rights, the first of which is your right to request an attorney. You are only allowed to make so many phone calls in jail, so make sure to get a friend or family member to find an attorney when you call them. You’re probably asking yourself ‘why do I need an attorney?’ While you are not required to have one, a criminal defense lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and show you the way through the complicated legal system in your county. The faster you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better off you’ll be.

For more info on how to find an attorney, click: How to Find a Lawyer

Public Defender

If you’ve been arrested and don’t have the money to hire a lawyer, you will get a public defender. In addition, the Public Defender Office has access to investigators, forensics experts and social case workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are real lawyers that are members of the Louisiana State Bar and are fully licensed to handle your case.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Do you think they properly handled your case?

Court Records

All court records are public records. Court records are comprised of a court case file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and all of the documents filed during your court case. You are able to access the records and documents in your court case using the internet service, or at the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer of the court that maintains court records. The Clerk of Court also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when delivered by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are held at Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the fees and charges associated with your court case, which include filing fees, motion fees and various court charges. If you are low income and have a court appointed attorney, you will not be responsible for these fees.

Magistrate

The magistrate is the type of judge that presides on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of things, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and overseeing preliminary and procedural court proceedings and detention proceedings.

Pre-Sentencing

Your pre-sentencing report is completed to include the defendant’s background information and details of the arrestee’s life and history, which the magistrate judge will review and take into consideration when determining the sentence. Information will be solicited from the defendant, their family, and, if applicable, the victim of the crime. Keep in mind you can ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct any mistakes that it contains.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, ranging from community service, house arrest, and probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on sentencing guidelines and the severity of your crime, you may be locked up immediately, or you might be given a date to turn yourself into jail to serve your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

Want to find out if a family member of friend is incarcerated in jail, or has ever been in jail?

To do this, just query the jail’s website, and search by:

  • The inmate’s name.
  • Date of birth.
  • Their booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you think that they are currently in jail, you can call the jail to find out.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you might have a warrant out for your arrest, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry on the website or you are able to call the court directly. This requires a first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask one of the officers. Bear in mind that there is an outstanding warrant for your arrest, they will take you into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know a person’s name, and their arrest date, contact the jail, by phone, go there in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and the information is freely available.

Civil Inquiry

Civil processes are when when you get served with legal papers, such as , subpoenas, and arrest warrants. You can access civil process orders by going to the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All people registered as sex offenders are registered on the sex offender databases required by the area they live in. Those listed on these databases have been convicted of a sex crime. You can access these listings online, but remember that you will not be able to see the actual address, rather the block they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public records and available to anyone. These records include a court case file that contains a docket and any documents filed in the case. You can access court records via the internet service ‘Public Access to Court Electronic Records’, or at the Calcasieu Parish Clerk of Court office in the jurisdiction where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state keeps a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These state databases are all connected and you can track criminal backgrounds from another state. Go to county courthouse and check in person, or check the website. It is helpful to know the county, and in the event that it was in a different state, you may have to pay for a more complete search.

A search of someone’s criminal history you will find out if a person has ever been arrested, charged or convicted for crimes, which include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sexual offenses including rape, assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft, breaking and entering.

During a criminal records search, in most cases won’t see if someone had:

  • Speeding tickets.
  • Drivers license suspended or revoked.
  • Traffic accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To get this information, you will have to do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever tried to search for someone’s criminal records? Was it a difficult process? Dis you do your search online or did you call the Calcasieu Parish courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that folks search for criminal records, and your comments may help other people that are in the same situation.

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    Most Wanted

    For Federal crimes, the FBI has a listing of the Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Calcasieu Parish,the Calcasieu Parish Sheriff has a list of most wanted criminals, too.

    FBI Ten Most Wanted List: External Link

    Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Department’s Ten Most Wanted List


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    Everyone knows that serving a jail sentence in Calcasieu Correctional Center is no fun, soon you will get used to the routine that is set for you. All inmates get an alarm to wake up at about 6:00am, and next they’ll do roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish breakfast you will have to work in the work program that you’ve been assigned to. This could be working in the kitchen, laundry, or some sort of manufacturing job. While this may seem tedious, it may help you when you leave jail, as you are gaining experience in a certain field of work. Other inmates go to school, while some take part in mandated treatment programs. After lunch, there will be another roll call, then back to work. Your evening will be spent either in your cell or a common room. During this time dinner is served and you will be expected to take a shower. After another roll call, it’s lights out. Even though you will be confined to your cell, there may be enough light to read or write letters. Then again, most inmates welcome lights out, and try to get as much sleep as they can.

    Most people are frightened at the idea of jail because they don’t know what to expect. If you have spent any time in Calcasieu Correctional Center, your experiences would be welcomed, if it can help another person to deal with it.

    Dress Code

    When incarcerated, all inmates are expected to wear the Calcasieu Correctional Center uniform. This is normally a jumpsuit or scrubs. Of note to anyone visiting an inmate – you must be properly dressed. Any clothing considered inappropriate will not be permitted.

    How To Send Money to an Inmate

    You will have your own ‘bank account’ while in jail. This money is used to purchase items from the Commissary. Family and friends can deposit money into this account for you, and any money you earn while in prison will also be deposited into your account. Outside money can be paid in to your account via a money order, cash or check. If someone sends a check or money order, make sure that they write your inmate ID on it. The maximum amount you are allowed in your account is $290 per month.

    The process for sending funds to someone in jail might change, so visit the the Calcasieu Correctional Center website before you send funds to an inmate there.

    Commissary

    The commissary is the jail store. You can purchase a number of things here, such as toiletries, snacks and writing supplies. Bear in mind that you will probably want to use the commissary daily, and any infractions will get that privilege taken away from you.

    Inmate Medications

    If you are on any type of prescription medication, you will be allowed to continue taking it while in jail. When you are first processed, you will be asked what medication you take. You will then be referred to the jail nurse or doctor who will be in charge of monitoring your health and prescribing your medication.

    Meals

    You will get three meals a day: breakfast, lunch and dinner. As expected, they are very basic, but healthy. A typical breakfast might be cereal, toast, coffee and fruit. Lunch might be spaghetti, salad, bread and milk. Dinner could be chicken casserole, rice, vegetables, dessert and milk. Contrary to popular belief, prison food has greatly improved over the years, and you might find that it’s not much different from what you would eat at home.

    Pods / The Yard

    The jail is designed in a ‘pod’ layout, with self contained housing arranged around an outdoor yard. Each pod has a central control station and a common room, and the inmates take turns in using the yard. The jail is designed this way to keep certain inmates together, and others away from the general population.

    Gangs

    As with life in general, gangs are a part of prison life. Obviously it is best to avoid becoming a part of this environment as it will only lead to trouble. When you first enter prison, you might find yourself being ‘primed’ to join a gang, or worse, you might get their attention in a negative way. The best thing to do is keep your head down and don’t get involved.


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    News and Media

    News

    Photos / Pictures

    Videos


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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Calcasieu Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Calcasieu Correctional Center, overseeing the day to day operations and administration of the jail. An inmate is unlikely to have much interaction with the Deputy Sheriff, unless they have committed an infraction. Detention Officers are responsible for the custody and care of the inmates. They maintain order in the jail, and handle security. A Detention Officer is assigned to a certain pod, and therefore is responsible for the same inmates each day. They get to know the inmates on a certain level, and are well equipped to handle any problems that may occur.

    Apply for a Job at Calcasieu Correctional Center

    Requirements:

    • You have to be over the age of 21.
    • You have to possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You have to be a US Citizen.
    • You have to pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You have to pass a drug test.
    • You have to have a good level of fitness.
    • You have to be in good health.
    • You have to have a valid Drivers License
    • An applicant for Deputy Sheriff must possess a Law Enforcement Certification.


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    Family Resources

    There are resources for families of both the perpetrator of the crime and the victim. The social and emotional impact of crime is far reaching, affecting many. Families can receive professional counseling, court related assistance, social services assistance and help in navigating the criminal justice system.

    If you are a family member, which resources did you find to be particularly helpful? Please let us know, as this will be helpful to other families in the same situation.

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    Victim Resources

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.

    Victim’s Rights

    The Victim Rights Act grants victims the following rights:

    • Victims have the right to protection from the accused.
    • Victims have the right to notification.
    • Victims have the right to attend proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • Victims have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • Victims have the right to restitution.
    • Victims have the right to a speedy trial.
    • Victims have the right to be treated with fairness, dignity and respect.

    The definition of victim includes:

    • Spouses and children of all victims.
    • Parents and guardians of minor victims.
    • Parents, guardians and siblings of mentally or physically incapacitated victims or victims of homicide.
    • Foster parents or other caregivers, under certain circumstances.

    There are a number of services and programs designed to help victims and their families. You can find out about these services by contacting the courthouse, or local law enforcement agency.

    Victim Notification

    The Department of Justice Victim Notification System (VNS) is a system that provides victims with information pertaining to their case and/or any defendants in the case. You will receive a Victim Identification Number (VIN) and a Personal Identification Number (PIN) that will allow you to access VNS via the internet or by phone. Here, you will find information about future court hearings, historical court events, and detailed information about the defendant. This will include criminal charges filed, the outcome of charges, sentence imposed, custody location, projected release date and any other release information. The VNS website is updated daily. You will also receive any ongoing information by mail or email.

    Have you, a family member or friend ever used the Victim Notification System? If so, was it effective? Did you get the information in a timely manner? Was the system difficult to use? We would like to hear from you, so please post any comments here.

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    Sex Offender Information and Search

    All people registered as sex offenders are registered on either a national or state sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted of a sex or kidnapping crime. You can access this information online, but bear in mind that you will not get the exact address, rather the block that they live on.

    Domestic Violence

    If you or someone you know is a victim of domestic violence, there are services to help you. Your county will have a Domestic Violence Services office. They provide free and confidential services, such as emergency shelter information, legal advocacy, support groups and domestic violence education. They will work to help you create a safe and violence-free life, and heal from the trauma of abuse.

    Important Note: If you, or someone you know, are in immediate danger, call 911.


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    Reviews

    Reviews of this Jail

    Have you ever been locked up in this jail? Do you have a family member or friend there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner in this jail?

    If so, then you should write your review about it. Write about your experience so that others can learn what to expect.

    What to write in the review:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail and pod facility and layout
    • Staff and guards
    • Jail food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Jail gangs
    • Inmate programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has at least one story to tell about it. Why were you locked up? Were you mistreated? What was it like in jail? What were the other inmates like? How did getting locked up affect your life?

    Tell Your Story About Calcasieu Correctional Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you make friends in jail? Do you want to reconnect with somebody you met in jail? Leave a message for them here.

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    Links and Resources

    Main Calcasieu Correctional Center Website
    Calcasieu Correctional Center Inmate Search Link
    View Calcasieu Correctional Center Mugshots
    Calcasieu Correctional Center Bail Amount Link

    Calcasieu Correctional Center Visitation Procedures
    Calcasieu Correctional Center Mail Policy
    Calcasieu Correctional Center Inmate Search
    Calcasieu Correctional Center Warrant Inquiry
    Calcasieu Correctional Center Arrests
    Send Funds to an Inmate at Calcasieu Correctional Center
    Jobs at Calcasieu Correctional Center


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