2018 Louisiana Laws
Revised Statutes
TITLE 15 - Criminal Procedure
RS 15:843 - Powers of board of governors

Universal Citation: LA Rev Stat § 15:843 (2018)

§843. Powers of board of governors

The board of governors:

(1) May inaugurate, conduct, and carry on farming vocational training programs, and other operations on behalf of the center on property owned or leased by the center for these purposes.

(2) Shall keep an accurate account of all revenues derived from the sale of the products of the labor of the prisoners. The accounts shall show the amount of money received from the sale of produce, the date of the sale, the name of the purchaser, and any other data which will enable the public to be in touch with its affairs.

(3) May acquire land by donation, purchase, or lease for the site of the center. Whenever the purchase price is on terms of credit, the land shall be the only security and the parish shall not be liable for any part of the unpaid purchase price. The board of governors may remove any buildings or improvements on land acquired by them.

(4) May build jails or other places of imprisonment on the property of the center whenever they deem it advisable. They may dedicate a sum not to exceed one-half of one mill on the dollar assessment per year for a period of not more than ten years out of the regular alimony for this purpose. Their dedication of the money may be evidenced by certificates of indebtedness, payable annually with interest payable semiannually, not to exceed the market rate of percent per annum, redeemable on maturity out of any excess revenues that may develop. No building shall be constructed on land not fully paid for.

(5)(a) May grant security for debts incurred in the acquisition of lands for the center for making improvements on the lands, for purchasing machinery, tools, equipment, or other property for the establishment, maintenance, operation, and administration of the center or for obtaining funds to pay and extinguish any debt or debts incurred in the acquisition of the lands or the improvements thereof, by granting mortgages upon the immovable property of the district, where title thereto is in the public, mortgages upon its movables, or crop pledges and pawns upon the crops of the center.

(b) The acts of security shall stipulate that in case of default in the payment of any debt secured thereby or any part of a debt, the property securing the debt shall be subject to seizure and sale with benefit of appraisement, in the same manner as private property subject to encumbrance may be seized and sold, notwithstanding the title of the property securing the debt is vested in the public. The board of governors and the governing authorities of the parishes or the center shall never be obligated beyond the value of the property offered as security.

(6) Shall fix the amount of bond with legal surety which the treasurer shall give, conditioned on a faithful accounting for all money and property entrusted to his care.

(7) May permit use of prisoners on public works at the request of any public body within the center area, but only with the approval and under the supervision of the chief judge of the Seventh Judicial District or a judge of the Seventh Judicial District designated by the chief judge as his representative. The chief judge or such designated representative of said district shall have full authority to recall any prisoner at any time.

(8)(a) May sell, dispose of, or lease any land owned by the center which for any reason can no longer be used, or which is unused or is unnecessary or unsuitable for the operations of the said center.

(b) The board of governors of said center may lease said land upon such terms and conditions as may be most advantageous to the center, but said lease shall not exceed five years.

(c) Should any lands owned by the center be offered for sale, the board of governors shall cause to be published for thirty days in the official journals of the parishes an advertisement setting forth a description of the land to be sold and the time, place, and terms of the sale.

(d) The land so advertised shall be sold by the sheriff. The sale shall be at the principal door of the courthouse of the Seventh Judicial District Court, between the hours of 11:00 o'clock A.M. and 4:00 o'clock P.M., and shall be to the last and highest bidder, except that the board of governors shall have the right to reject any and all bids. Should a bid be accepted for the sale of said land, then and in that event the board of governors, under the authority of a proper resolution, shall make and deliver to the purchaser a valid deed conveying title thereto.

Added by Acts 1974, No. 690, §1. Amended by Acts 1975, No. 678, §2; Acts 1985, No. 447, §1.

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