2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:833 - Inmate contact with persons outside institution; temporary release

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:833 (2018)

§833. Inmate contact with persons outside institution; temporary release

            A.(1)(a) The secretary of the Department of Public Safety and Corrections may authorize visits and correspondence under reasonable conditions between inmates and approved friends, relatives, and other persons.

            (b) If an inmate sustains serious bodily injury requiring admittance to an intensive care unit or trauma center, the warden or other governing authority of the correctional facility, jail, or other detention facility shall attempt to notify the inmate's immediate family within eight hours of the medical decision to transport the inmate to the intensive care unit or trauma center.

            (c)(i) Notwithstanding any other provision of law, if an inmate sustains serious bodily injury requiring admittance to an intensive care unit or trauma center, a member of the inmate's immediate family shall be granted visitation with the inmate for the duration of the inmate's admission to the intensive care unit or trauma center, unless the warden or other governing authority of the inmate's correctional facility, jail, or other detention facility provides written notice, within six hours of the inmate's admission to the intensive care unit or trauma center, to any immediate family member seeking visitation why such visitation cannot be granted. Notwithstanding the provisions of this Item to the contrary, if the inmate's admission to the intensive care unit or trauma center occurs between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 4:00 a.m. the correctional or detention facility shall provide the required written notification within twenty-four hours of the time the serious bodily injury occurred.

            (ii) For purposes of this Paragraph, "serious bodily injury" means bodily injury that involves unconsciousness, extreme physical pain or protracted and obvious disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of a bodily member, organ, or mental faculty, or a substantial risk of death.

            (iii) For purposes of this Paragraph, "immediate family" means a spouse, child, parent, stepparent, sibling, stepsibling, grandchild, or grandparent of the inmate.

            (iv) The visitation provided for in this Subparagraph may be supervised.

            (v) The visitation provided for in this Subparagraph may be revoked if any immediate family member possesses any item of contraband during the visitation.

            (2) The secretary shall establish and promulgate rules, regulations, and procedures regarding the review and inspection of all incoming and outgoing death row inmate correspondence in order to effectuate the purposes of Chapter 21-C of Title 46 of the Louisiana Revised Statutes of 1950, and to determine whether any contractual arrangements governed by those provisions are in effect or being contemplated by an inmate or any other person.

            B.(1) The secretary may also, as herein provided, authorize furloughs to deserving inmates of any adult correctional institution. This type of furlough is intended to serve as a rehabilitation tool to assist the inmate in maintaining family relationships during the period of his incarceration. A furlough, as provided herein, is not to be considered a reprieve and therefore will not extend the inmate's sentence.

            (2) Prior to being recommended for furlough, the inmate shall submit a furlough plan to his supervising authority, stating the purpose of the furlough, the destination and with whom he plans to stay, and otherwise comply with such rules and regulations as may be established by the secretary of corrections and adopted pursuant to the procedure as set forth in R.S. 49:953 et seq. No furloughs shall be granted until the plan has been approved by the secretary. A responsible member of the inmate's family or other previously approved person must sign a responsibility agreement and provide transportation for the inmate.

            (3) No inmate serving a sentence for conviction of first degree murder (R.S. 14:30), second degree murder (R.S. 14:30.1), attempted murder (R.S. 14:27 and 29), aggravated or first degree rape (R.S. 14:42), attempted aggravated or first degree rape (R.S. 14:27 and 42), forcible or second degree rape (R.S. 14:42.1), aggravated kidnapping (R.S. 14:44), aggravated arson (R.S. 14:51), armed robbery (R.S. 14:64), attempted armed robbery (R.S. 14:27 and 64), or producing, manufacturing, distributing, or dispensing or possession with intent to produce, manufacture, distribute, or dispense a controlled dangerous substance classified in Schedule I or II of R.S. 40:964, nor any inmate sentenced as a habitual offender under R.S. 15:529.1 shall be released from the institution to which he is assigned except under security escort and then only in the following circumstances: treatment for serious illness; visits with dying family members; funerals of family members; participation in programs at other correctional institutions; speaking assignments; work details; court appearances; participation in charity boxing matches; performances of any organized vocal or instrumental group at any civic or charitable function; or religious services.

            C. However, notwithstanding any provisions of law to the contrary, inmates assigned to work duties at the governor's mansion and inmates within six months of discharge shall be eligible for furloughs and temporary releases.

            D. The Department of Public Safety and Corrections shall compile statistical data on the incidence of furlough violations by participating inmates. Violations shall include the commission of new offenses as well as any transgressions that result in disciplinary action or removal from the program. The data shall indicate the nature of the incident, the age of the offender, his original offense, the length of his sentence, his prior criminal record, and any other characteristic found to be predictive of success or failure. This information shall be used by the department to guide it in formulating program policies and eligibility standards and shall be available to the legislature upon request.

            Added by Acts 1968, No. 192, §1. Amended by Acts 1972, No. 442, §1; Acts 1978, No. 337, §1; Acts 1978, No. 510, §1; Acts 1978, No. 770, §1; Acts 1979, No. 203, §1; Acts 1985, No. 786, §1; Acts 1986, No. 1055, §1; Acts 2008, No. 572, §1; Acts 2012, No. 799, §2, eff. June 13, 2012; Acts 2015, No. 184, §2; Acts 2018, No. 349, §1, eff. May 20, 2018.

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