Livingston Parish Detention Center – Livingston, LA

Livingston Parish Detention Center is in Livingston Parish, Louisiana and is the main correctional facility for this region. Know somebody in jail at Livingston Parish Detention Center? This guide gives you all about anything you might need to know about Livingston Parish Detention Center,like: How to locate an inmate at Livingston Parish Detention Center. How to view Livingston Parish Detention Center mugshots. The jail’s phone number and address. Posting bail. Intake procedures. Court records. And more…

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The thought of going to jail is a scary and stressfull thought, not only for the person who goes to jail, but also that person’s family, friends, and loved ones. This guide is designed to give you advice and information you need to make helping a friend or family member get out of jail less stressfull. If you have a question, just ask it in the comment section below, and please leave any comments or tips that could help other people in the same situation is appreciated.

General Information

Address

Livingston Parish Detention Center
20180 Iowa St
Livingston, LA 70754

Phone Number and Fax Number

Phone Number: 225-686-2241
Fax:

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Inmate Search – Find Out Who’s In Jail

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

Has a friend or family member who has been arrested and you want to find out where they are?

To see who is in jail at Livingston Parish Detention Center you will have to go to their website and do an inmate search.

Inmate Search

The Livingston Parish Detention Center Inmate Locator is a list of persons who have been arrested and are in jail, including status, how much their bail is, and schedule for visitation. You can find the same information about anybody arrested and booked or released in the past 24 hours. Prisoners are shown in alphabetical order by last name. You can get the information more quickly if you have your friend or family member’s full name, date of birth, or inmate ID Number.

If your friend or loved one might be at another jail you should check our Louisiana county jail guide: Other County Jails in Louisiana


Mugshots

A mugshot, also known as a booking photograph, is the picture that the jail takes when you get processed at jail intake. A mugshot is make of one frontal photo and a profile photo. Your full name and jail booking number will appear on the mugshot, and they are stored at the jail.

View Mugshots

Mugshotes of Livingston Parish Detention Center prisoners can be seen online, or you can view them at the Livingston Parish Detention Center. When you search for mugshots on the website you have to input their name, and the booking date, if you have it.

How To Get Your Mugshot Removed

Need to know how to get your mugshot erased from the Livingston Parish Detention Center site? This may not be possible, because your mugshot is a public record. To get your mugshot taken down you will need to file a Petition to Expunge with the court. Basically, this means that the record of your arrest would be sealed, and unavailable to the public. It is difficult to do this, and you will most likely need the services of a lawyer.

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


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Bail & Bail Bondsmen – How To Get Out of Jail

Naturally, if you’re locked up, your main thought is about when you get out. After you’ve gone through the intake process, your bail will be set either by bail schedule or magistrate. If you don’t get a bail set this may mean that you will either be free to go until your court date, or you must remain in jail until your trial.

If you are are released you are required to promise to go to your court date, and until that day you are not allowed to leave town.

Usually, an inmate will earn time off in exchange for good behavior when they don’t break the rules and don’t cause any problems while locked up.

If you do exhibit good behavior and the jail believes you can be trusted, you may be allowed to participate in a work release program. Either you will have to stay the jail each day when you’re finished at your job, or you could get to live in a halfway house instead of jail, so it is kind of like an early release.

Bail

Bail is the amount of money that you will be required to pay to be released from jail until your trial. The amount you will be required to pay depends on the seriousness of your crime. Someone will have to pay 10 percent of the total amount that was set so you can be released. If you fail to show up for court, whoever paid your bail will lose that money.

Find Out How Much Someone’s Bail Is

To find out someone’s bail amount you will have to call the jail. If you have all the pertinent information, such as name, address and date of birth, they will let you know what their bail is set at. Also, you can check their bail amount and status on the Livingston Parish Detention Center website.

How To Bail Someone Out of Jail

Having to get someone out of jail is never a fun thing, but thankfully, it’s easy if you have the money. First, you need to find out if they have a Cash Only Bond. If it is, you can’t get a bail bondsman. Bail can only be paid by cash – they can’t accept a personal check. As soon as you’ve paid the bail bond, the person will be released. If the conditions of bail are not violated, the bail money you posted will be returned to you.

Bail Bondsman

If the bail amount is too high, of if you can’t pay it, you you should hire a bail bondsman. Bondsmen generally charge you a fee of 10 to 15 percent of the total amount of bail set by the magistrate, and sometimes with a minimum fee of $100. This money is non-refundable and bondsmen usually only accept cash. If the bail is extremely high, the bail bondsman might require that they use your assets, such as home, property or cars, as collateral for the bond in addition to their charges.

To talk to a bail bondsman click here: How to find a bail bondsman

Have you ever used the services of bondsman for yourself, a family member or friend? If so, leave a comment below and tell your story, and let us know how it worked out.

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Other Ways to Get Out of Jail

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


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Jail Policies and Procedures

Intake Procedures / Booking

The intake procedure takes you through each of the following steps:

  • You will get put in a holding cell. If the jail is really busy, it will take a while to get processed.
  • First, will have to answer some simple questions, such as what is your legal name, home address, date of birth and contact person.
  • You will also be asked about your medical and psychological history.
  • You will be issued an inmate ID number.
  • Your fingerprints will be taken.
  • You will get your mugshot taken.
  • All personal property will be taken away from you and stored until you are released.
  • You will get to use the phone to get in touch with a family member, friend, or bail bondsman.
  • If you are expected to be released shortly, you will be allowed to wear your street clothes, if not you you will have to change into a jail issued jumpsuit.

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Discharge Procedures

When you pay your bail, you will get released from jail. Getting discharged from jail will take anywhere from 10 minutes to all day. In simple terms, the faster you post bail, the faster you will get let go. How quickly you get discharged depends on if you’ve been given a cash bond or if the magistrate has to decide on how much to set your bail at. For lesser charges, you will simply be booked and then released on your recognizance without having to pay bail. When you have served your sentence and have a date of your release, plan to be released anywhere between the hours of 9am and 12pm.

How To Turn Yourself In

If there is a, or if you need to begin your sentence in jail, it is highly recommended that you do the right thing and turn yourself in willingly. In the case of an outstanding warrant, report to the jail, in the reception area, and tell someone that believe that there could be an outstanding arrest warrant out for you. They will do a check to find out if there is an arrest warrant for you, and if they find one, you will be taken into the sheriff’s custody. If you are reporting to serve out your sentence, report on the date and time that the sentence order states. Be very careful that you are not late to report. Make sure that you only bring required items when you go, such as your drivers license or even ID, any prescription medication you might take, as well as the copy of the sentencing order.

Visitation Procedures

The inmate must provide each visitor’s name and date of birth to the jail in advance of any visit. This information will go in a log of approved visitors for the inmate. Each and every visitor will be required to provide a photo ID when visiting. Visitors that arrives for visitation late or that does not have a visting order will not be allowed to visit the inmate.
Visitation procedures at Livingston Parish Detention Center frequently change, so double-check the official site before you go to the jail to visit.

Visiting Hours

Phone Calls & Phone Usage Policy

The only phone calls that inmates are allowed to make are with a pre-paid phone card or account, or are collect calls . Jail phone calls are usually pricier than regular phone calls. There are certain restrictions about when and how often you can use the phone, but inmates must keep in mind that you are just one of many people who want to talk to their loved ones. If you break the rules, your ability to use the phone may be limited or forbidden completely.

The Livingston Parish Detention Center phone number is: 225-686-2241

Sending Mail to Inmates

All inmate mail is required to be sent using the US Postal Service. You can’t use any other method of mail or package delivery. You must write or type the inmate’s name, inmate number, and the address of the jail 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. All mail gets opened and examined by the jail administration, and will get returned if it can’t be delivered.

Mailing Address

The address that you should use if you are sending a letter to an inmate at Livingston Parish Detention Center is:

Livingston Parish Detention Center
20180 Iowa St
Livingston, LA 70754

Here is how you should address the letter:

[INMATE'S FULL NAME]
[INMATE ID]
Livingston Parish Detention Center
20180 Iowa St
Livingston, LA 70754


The Livingston Parish Detention Center mail policy can change, so you should review the site when you send a letter to an inmate there.


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Court Information

Get A Lawyer

If you have been arrested, you should know you still have rights, one of these being your right to request an attorney. You only get so many phone calls when you get arrested, so you would be wise to ask a friend or family member to find a lawyer when you call. I know you’re probably asking yourself right now ‘I don’t have to get a lawyer – I can just represent myself’ You’re not required to have an attorney in all cases, a lawyer can advise you of your rights, protect your interests and help you navigate the complicated court system that you are now faced with. The quicker you get an attorney working on your charges, the better your chances.

For more detailed information on this subject, click here: How to Find an Attorney

Public Defender

If you cannot afford an attorney, the courts will assign you a public defender, which is a free lawyer. Also, the Public Defender has access to independent investigators, crime scene and forensics experts and social workers. You will be reassured to know that Public Defenders are full-fledged attorneys, members of the State Bar and are fully licensed to practice law in Louisiana.

Have you ever had to use a court appointed attorney? How did they do?

Court Records

All court records are are public record and are available upon request to anyone who requests them – not just the person who they pertain to. Court records contain a case file with a docket sheet and all documents filed during your court case. You can access the records and documents in your court case using the Livingston Parish website, or by going to the Clerk’s office of the Court where the case was filed.

Clerk of Court

The Clerk of Court is an officer and clerk of the court that maintains the records. They also administer the oath when court is in session, and also read the verdict when decided by the jury. All records and documents from your court case are maintained at Clerk of Court.

Fees

Court costs and court fees are the costs associated with your court case, for example filing charges, motion and claim fees, and court appearance fees. If you don’t have the money to pay these fees and have been assigned a Public Defender, you may not have to pay them.

Magistrate

A Magistrate is the judge that rules on your case. Magistrates are judges that do a number of different things, which include setting bail amounts, issuing warrants, and acting as the presiding judge over first court appearances and detention hearings.

Pre-Sentencing

A pre-sentencing report is prepared to include information about the arrestee’s background and information about the defendant’s life and public history, which the judge will review and take into account when determining the sentence. Information will be collected from the person on trial, their family, and if necessary the victim in the crime. Remember you are allowed to ask to see your own copy of your pre-sentencing report before your sentencing, so you get the chance to review it for accuracy and completeness, and correct any mistakes.

Sentencing

After you are convicted of a crime, you will be sentenced. There are several different options for sentencing, including community service to probation, to prison or jail time. Depending on the particulars of your trial, the severity of your crime, and any sentencing guidelines that they judge will use, you could be taken into custody immediately, or you could be given a date that you are supposed to report to jail to serve your jail time according to your sentence.


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Public Records

Inmate Inquiry

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

This is pretty simple to do, just just access the Livingston Parish jail website, and do a search using:

  • Name.
  • Birthdate.
  • Their booking date.
  • and their inmate ID.

If you think this person is in jail, you can call the jail find out if they’ve been arrested.

Warrant Inquiry

If you think you have an outstanding warrant, you are able to check the arrest warrants online or call the court directly. You have to have their first and last name. Or, you can just go the jail in person and ask them. Keep in mind that if there is an arrest warrant out for you, 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 look online. Records of arrests are public record and this is accessible to anyone.

Civil Inquiry

A Civil Process is when when you are served with legal papers, like warrants. You can find these civil process orders by getting in touch with the Sheriff’s office, by phone or online.

Sex Offender Search / Lookup

All convicted sex offenders have to be listed and registered on a sex offender database. The people on these databases have been convicted in a court of law of a sex or kidnapping crime. You are able to view sex offenders online, but you should know that you will not see the actual address, but rather the block of the address that they registered.

Court Records

Court Records are public records. They include a case file that includes a docket and all of the documents and filings filed in the court case. You are able to access your court records via the internet, or at the Livingston Parish Clerk of Court office in the county where the case was filed.

Criminal Records

Every state maintains a record of their state citizen’s criminal past. These online databases are connected and you can track criminal histories from any other state. You can go to county courthouse and make an inquiry, or check the website. It helps to know which county the crime occurred in, and in the event that the crime was in a different state entirely, you may have to pay a fee for a more comprehensive search.

A criminal records search you will get a report detailing any arrests, charges, or convictions that may be on a person’s record for any of the following crimes:

  • DUI.
  • Drug crimes like possession or trafficking.
  • Kidnapping.
  • Sex offenses which could include rape, and sexual assault.
  • Violent crimes like assault or murder.
  • Breaking and entering, theft, larceny.

During a criminal records search, you generally will not find if that person has had any infractions like moving violations:

  • Tickets for speeding.
  • Drivers license revoked or suspended.
  • Accidents.
  • Minor infractions or moving violations.
  • Parking Tickets.
  • To search for this information, you will have to do a driving records search.

    Have you ever had to look for criminal records online? How easy was it? Dis you do your search online or did you call the courthouse? was the information you recieved correct? There are plenty of reasons that people look up criminal backgrounds and records, and your feedback could help other people.

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    Most Wanted

    Everyone knows that the FBI maintains a list of the Ten Most Wanted Fugitives. In Livingston Parish,the Sheriff has their own list of the most wanted criminals, that you can access online.

    FBI Top Ten Most Wanted List: Link


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    Life In Jail / What Its Like

    Daily Life

    While the prospect of serving a jail sentence in Livingston Parish Detention Center is something you wish you could avoid, soon you will get accustomed to the daily routine there. All inmates get a wake-up alarm every morning at six in the morning, and next you’ll have roll call. Next, you will eat breakfast. When you finish eating 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 Livingston Parish Detention 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 Livingston Parish Detention 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 rules for sending money to people in jail changes, so check the the Livingston Parish Detention Center website before you send money 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 Livingston Parish Detention Center

    The Deputy Sheriff is the second in command at the Livingston Parish Detention 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 Livingston Parish Detention 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:

    • The right to protection from the accused.
    • The right to notification.
    • The right to attend proceedings.
    • The right to speak at criminal justice proceedings.
    • The right to consult with the prosecuting attorney.
    • The right to restitution.
    • The right to a speedy trial.
    • 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 spent any time at this jail? Do you have a friend or family member that spent time there? Have you ever been to visit someone there?

    If you have, then please leave a comment below about it. Tell us about what you experienced so other people can find out what to expect.

    Things you could put in your review:

    • Conditions at the jail.
    • Jail, yard and pod layout and facility
    • Jail staff and Guards
    • Food and commissary
    • Visitation Days
    • The other inmates – what are they like?
    • Prisoner safety
    • Gang activity
    • Programs and activities


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    Tell Your Story

    Everyone’s who has been put in jail has a story to tell. How’d you get locked up? Did you get fair treatment? What was your daily routine in jail? How did you get along with the other inmates? Did going to jail affect your life? How?

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    Throw A Shout Out to Your Cell Mate

    Did you meet some cool folks in jail? Trying to talk to an inmate you met while you were incarcerated? Then send them a message by posting a comment below.

    Say wassup to people still locked up at Livingston Parish Detention Center


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