Catahoula Correctional Center – Harrisonburg, LA

Catahoula Correctional Center is in Catahoula Parish and is the correctional facility for the county. Looking for someone at Catahoula Correctional Center? This page gives you information about anything related to Catahoula Correctional Center: Learn how to locate an inmate. How to view Catahoula Correctional Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. How to post bail. Intake procedures. Court information and records. And much much more…

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The thought of going to jail is a daunting and scary idea, not only for whoever goes to jail, but also their friends and family. The purpose of this guide is to offer information that you need to make getting locked up a lot easier. If you have a specific question, just ask them, and any comments or feedback that could be a benefit to others is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Catahoula Correctional Center
499 Old Columbia Road
Harrisonburg, LA 71340

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone: (318) 744-2121
Fax Number:

Map and Directions


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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

Do you have a family member or friend that is incarcerated and need to find them?

Has a friend or family member that has been arrested and you need to locate them?

In order to search who’s in jail at Catahoula Correctional Center you should visit their link and use the inmate lookup.

Inmate Search

The Catahoula Correctional Center Inmate Locator is a list of people who are in jail, which includes current status, bail amount (if applicable), and times the inmate can have visitors. Also, you can find information for anybody arrested and booked or released within the last 24 hours. Jail inmates are listed alphabetically by their last name. You’ll be able to find their arrest information more quickly if you’ve got your friend or family member’s first and last name, birth date, or arrest number.

If the person you’re searching for may be at another county jail you will want to look here, too: Other County Jails in Louisiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also called a jail processing picture, is the photo that the jail takes during jail intake processing. They take one full face and a profile photo. Your name and jail booking number will be in the mugshot, and they’re kept on file.

View Mugshots

Mugshots of people who have been arrested can be searched on the website, or you can see them in person at the Catahoula Correctional Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to enter the prisoner’s name, and the booking date, if you know it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Are you trying to figure out what to do in order to get your mugshot taken off of the Catahoula Correctional Center website? This is difficult, as your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge in court. What this means is that your arrest record would be sealed, and will not be accessible. Depending on your situation, this may be a longshot.

For a more indepth article about removing your mugshot, the various mugshot websites, and the mugshot removal websites: Mugshot Removal


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Obviously, if you’re incarcerated, your main thought is about how to get out. After booking, your bail amount will be set using the bail schedule or the magistrate will decide it. If no bail is set this can mean that you will either get released, pending trial, or you have to stay in jail until your trial.

If you are released from jail you must promise to be in court on your court date, and you won’t be permitted to leave the area.

In most cases, a prisoner can earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and act right while in jail.

If you prove to be trustworthy, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. You will have to stay jail every day when you’re finished at your job, or you could be permitted to move to a halfway house when you are not working.

Bail

Your bail is how much money that you have to pay to the courts to get out of jail pending trial. The amount you have to pay is dictated by how serious your charges are. Someone will have to pay to the courts 10 percent of the total that was set in order for you to get out of jail. If you don’t go to your court appearance, whoever paid your bail will lose that bail money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you need to call the jail. If you’ve got the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they’ll be able to let you know how much their bail is. You can also see the bail amount on the Catahoula Correctional Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to bail someone out of jail is an unpleasant situation, but thankfully, it’s really easy. To start with, you need to find out if their bail is a “Cash Bond Only”. If it is, you won’t be able to get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – the jail won’t accept a personal check. Once you have paid the bond, the inmate will be released. If they don’t violate the terms of their bail, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If bail is set too high, or you can’t afford it, you you should try to hire a bail bondsman. Bail bondsmen generally charge a fee of 10-15% of the total amount of bail set, and sometimes charge a minimum charge of $100. The amount you pay to the bondsman will not be returned to you and must be paid in cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman may use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to whatever their charges are.

If you need a bail bondsman visit our page about: How to find a bail bondsman

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through the following steps:

  • You will be placed in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, you will have to wait a while to get processed.
  • You must answer a bunch of questions, like your full name, address, birthdate and contact person.
  • Also, you will also be asked about your mental and medical history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID.
  • You will get fingerprinted.
  • You will have your mugshot taken.
  • Any property you have will be taken away from you and stored until you get released.
  • You will get to use the telephone in order to talk to 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 able to wear your own clothes, but if you are not expected to make bail quickly you you will have to change into a jail uniform – the jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will be allowed to leave jail. The discharge process takes anywhere between 15 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the quicker you post bail, the quicker you will be released. How quickly you get discharged will depend on whether or not you’ve been given a cash bond or if a magistrate has to decide on your bail amount. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and get released without having to post bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, you should plan to get released that morning.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you must report to start a sentence, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in. For a warrant, report to the jail, and tell the intake officer that you think there may be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. A record check will be run, and if they verify that you have one, they will ask that you surrender yourself and you will be taken into custody. When reporting to serve a sentence, report at the time and date that the sentence order requires you to. Make sure that you don’t show up late. Just bring necessary items with you, like a driver’s license or your ID, prescription medication, and the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate have to provide each visitor’s full name to the jail in advance of the visit. Your visitors will go into the visitors log for the requesting inmate. Each visitor will be required to provide acceptable photo identification. Any visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will be turned away.
Visitation procedures at Catahoula Correctional Center change often, so you should check the official jail site before you go.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are collect calls or through a pre-paid phone account . These phone calls are usually more expensive than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when you can make phone calls, how long you can talk, and how often you can make calls, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you are under any sort of disciplinary procedure, phone privileges could be reduced or eliminated completely, as part of the punishment.

The Catahoula Correctional Center phone number is: (318) 744-2121

Sending Mail to Inmates

All mail has to be sent using the actual US Postal Service. You must not use any other type of mail or package delivery. You have to write or type the name, inmate number, and jail address on the outside of the letter that you send. Don’t mail a package, padded envelope, plastic or paper bag, or an envelope containing metal parts. Any mail sent to inmates will be opened and read and inspected by the officers at the jail, and will get returned to the sender if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

Use this address when sending a letter to an inmate at Catahoula Correctional Center:

Catahoula Correctional Center
499 Old Columbia Road
Harrisonburg, LA 71340

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Catahoula Correctional Center
499 Old Columbia Road
Harrisonburg, LA 71340


The Catahoula Correctional Center inmate mail policy can change, so double check the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

Even if you’ve been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these is that you have the right to request a lawyer. You don’t get to make many phone calls when you get arrested, so make sure to ask a friend or family member to locate a lawyer when you call them. You may be asking yourself ‘do I really need a lawyer?’ You are not required to have an attorney for some criminal charges, a lawyer will make sure you know your rights, look after your best interests and help you through the criminal justice system in your county. The sooner you get a lawyer involved with your charges, the better.

For more information on how to find an attorney, visit: How to Find an Attorney in Catahoula Parish

Public Defender

If you cannot afford a lawyer, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender’s Office has a number of staff such as independent investigators, experts in forensics as well as social workers. You should be reassured that Public Defenders are bona-fide lawyers, admitted to the State Bar and are licensed to practice law and represent you in court.

Have you or someone you know used a court appointed attorney? Are you satisfied with how they handled your case and represented you in court?

Court Records

All court records are are public records and are available upon request. They have a file containing a sheet called a docket sheet and every documents filed in the case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the website, or by going to the Catahoula Parish Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

A Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains court records. They also administer the oath for any court participant who must be under oath, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records, documents, and evidence from your court case are kept at Catahoula Parish Clerk of Court office.

Fees

Court fees are the fees and charges from your case, such as for example filing fees, motion and claim fees, and court charges. If you are low income and have been assigned a Public Defender, you can get a waiver for these fees and won’t have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate acts as the judge that presides on your case. Magistrates do different functions, which include setting your bail amount, issuing arrest warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over initial court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and details of the arrestee’s life history, which the magistrate judge will review when decide your sentence. Information, details, and character witnesses will be requested from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember that you can ask to get your own copy of this report prior to sentencing, so you have the opportunity to correct the mistakes.

Sentencing

When you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service, house arrest, and probation, to incarceration in either jail (short term) or prison (long term). Depending on how serious your crime was, you might get taken into custody immediately, or given a date that you must to surrender and report to jail to serve your jail term according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

You can you need to go to the jail website and do an inmate search, and search by:

  • Name.
  • Birth date.
  • Approximate booking date.
  • or inmate ID.

If you’re not sure if your friend or family member is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you believe you have an outstanding warrant, you can check the arrest warrants inquiry online or you are able to call the jail directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go down to the jail and inquire at the information desk. You should know that if there is a warrant for your arrest, you should be prepared to get taken into custody immediately.

Arrest Inquiry

If you know the person’s first and last name, and possibly an arrest date, contact the jail, either by phone, in person, or find out online. Arrest records are public record and this information is available to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you get served with legal papers, which can be court orders. You can find these civil process orders by contacting the Sheriff’s office, online or by phone.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders are required to be registered and listed on both a national and state sex offender database. Those listed on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex offense. You can access these offenders online, but bear in mind that you can’t get the street address, just the neighborhood block that they live on.

Court Records

Court Records are public, and are accessible by anyone. Court Records include a case file that includes a docket and all filings and documents filed in your court case. You can access the court records via the internet, or at Clerk of Court where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Each state maintains records of someone’s criminal history. These online databases are connected so you are able to track criminal histories from another state. Go to the Catahoula Parish Courthouse and inquire, or you can check online. It helps to know the county, and if it was in a completely different state, you might have to pay for a more comprehensive search.

When you look up someone’s criminal record you will get a listing of all the arrests, charges, or convictions for any crimes they may have committed, which could include:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes including assault, battery and murder.
  • Theft.

But, when you do a criminal records check, usually won’t see if someone has had:

  • Speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Been in a traffic accident.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To find this kind of information, you must do a search for their driving record.

    Have you ever searched for criminal records? How easy was it? Was your search online or did you call the jail? Was it correct? There are lots of reasons that people look up criminal records, and your comments might make it easier for others.

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    Most Wanted

    The FBI maintains a list of the Top Ten Most Wanted Criminals. In Catahoula Parish,the Catahoula Parish Sheriff maintains their own list of the top most wanted criminals in the county.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link

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


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of being incarcerated in the Catahoula Parish jail is very scary, eventually you will get used to the routine that is set for you in jail. Inmates get an alarm to wake up each morning at 6:00 AM, and then you’ll have roll call. You will then eat breakfast. When you finish eating breakfast you will have to work in the program that has been assigned to you. 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 Catahoula 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 Catahoula 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 people in jail can change, so be sure to visit the site before you send money to an inmate.

    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

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    Jobs

    Types of Jobs at Catahoula Correctional Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Catahoula 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 Catahoula Correctional Center

    Requirements:

    • You must be over the age of 21.
    • You must possess a High School Diploma or GED
    • You must be a US Citizen.
    • You must pass a Criminal, Credit and Driving History background check.
    • You must pass a drug test.
    • You must have a good level of fitness.
    • You must be in good health.
    • You must 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:

    • You have the right to protection from the accused.
    • You have the right to notification.
    • You have the right to attend proceedings.
    • You have the right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • You have the right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • You have the right to restitution.
    • You have the right to a speedy trial.
    • You 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 at this jail? Do you know someone there? Have you ever been to visit a prisoner there?

    If so, then we would like you to write your review about it. Write about what you experienced because other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you might want to include in what you write:

    • Jail conditions.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Guards and jail staff
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation
    • Other Inmates.
    • Safety
    • Gangs
    • Prisoner programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Anybody that’s ever been locked up has some stories about their time ‘inside’. How’d you end up in jail? Did you get fair treatment? How was day to day life at Catahoula Correctional Center? How did you get along with the other inmates? How did it affect you to go to jail?

    Tell Your Story About Catahoula Correctional Center

    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Make some good friends in jail? Do you want to say wassup to a person you met in jail? Post a message to them below.

    Throw a shoutout to people locked up at Catahoula Correctional Center

    Links and Resources

    Main Catahoula Correctional Center Link
    Catahoula Correctional Center Inmate Search Link
    View Catahoula Correctional Center Mugshots
    Catahoula Correctional Center Bail Amount Link

    Catahoula Correctional Center Visitation
    Catahoula Correctional Center Jail Mail Policy Link
    Catahoula Correctional Center Inmate Inquiry Link
    Catahoula Correctional Center Warrant Inquiry Link
    Catahoula Correctional Center Arrest Lookup
    Send Money to an Inmate at Catahoula Correctional Center
    Jobs at Catahoula Correctional Center


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  1. GERI JOHNSON says:

    how does an imate retrieve his or her belonging if they did not return to your facility?

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