|State corrections now requires notice when jails move inmates|
|By shreveporttimes.com- Lex Talamo|
Local jails housing state custody prisoners now have to provide 24-hour notice prior to transfers, the Louisiana Department of Corrections said Friday.
The policy change, effective Nov. 13, comes less than two weeks after the implementation of the Justice Reinvestment Act, a criminal justice initiative aiming to reduce the prison population by 10 percent and save more than $262 million over the next decade.
It also comes less than a month after the publication of a Louisiana Legislative Auditor report that found, in part, that the state's correctional department updates inmates' locations, on average, 22 days after they are transferred, leading to errors in some cases.
Department policy now requires that local sheriffs office notify the Department of Corrections when they transfer inmates from one facility to another. About half of all 35,000 state inmates are housed in parish jails.
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