Criminal Justice

District Attorney

222 St Louis St #550
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
Phone: (225) 389-3400

East Baton Rouge Office of the Public Defender

300 Louisiana Avenue
Baton Rouge, LA 70802
(225) 389-3150

East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office

1270 Rosenwald Road
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
(225) 389-5105

Baton Rouge Probation & Parole District Office

2751 Woodale Blvd Ste 400
Baton Rouge, LA 70805

Baton Rouge – Louisiana Department of Public Safety & Corrections

Capital Area Reentry Coalition (CAPARC)

4829 Winbourne Ave
Baton Rouge, Louisiana
(255) 771-8715

Capital Area Reentry Coalition is a partnership of businesses, nonprofits, government and faith based organizations working together to increase the success rates of citizens transitioning from incarceration back into society and reduce offender recidivism. Together with our partnering organizations we provide returning citizens with mentors, job referrals, industry training, housing options, rehabilitation services and more.

ACLU of Louisiana

P.O. Box 56157
New Orleans, LA 70156
504-522-0617 or toll free 866.522.0617

Over our nearly sixty-year history, the ACLU of Louisiana has been at the forefront of the fight to preserve the civil liberties of all Louisianians. We have continued in our mission, fighting for the First Amendment, for racial justice, and for due process and privacy rights. We have defended the rights of women, prisoners, LGBT people, immigrants, and others whose rights have been at risk. Our work has covered the entire gamut of civil liberties, and has taken us all over the state and to the U.S. Supreme Court. It has been said that the fight for civil liberties never stays won; as cynical as that may sound, the ACLU of Louisiana remains confident that we—and justice—will prevail.

Attorney General’s Office
1885 N. Third Street
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

MAIL: P.O. Box 94005
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Board of Pardons and Parole

Phone: 225-342-5421
Fax: 225-342-2289

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 94304
Baton Rouge, LA 70804

Physical Address:
504 Mayflower St.
Building 6
Baton Rouge, LA 70802

Department of Corrections

Mr. Rhett Covington
Deputy Asst. Secretary/Reentry
Phone: 225-342-6942
Fax: 225-342-3349

Community Resource map

Transitional work program:
Certain eligible offenders may enter a traditional transitional work program (formerly work release) from one (1) year to three (3) years prior to release from incarceration, depending on the offense of conviction. Offenders who are approved for transitional work programs are required to work at an approved job and, when not working, they must return to the structured environment of the assigned facility.

Innocence Project New Orleans

Case Review Manager
Innocence Project New Orleans
4051 Ulloa Street, New Orleans, LA 70119

In Louisiana and Mississippi, the two states with the highest incarceration rates in the world, Innocence Project New Orleans frees innocent prisoners, exposes injustice and prevents wrongful convictions.

Innocence Project New Orleans (IPNO) is a nonprofit law office that represents innocent prisoners serving life sentences in Louisiana and Mississippi, and assists them with their transition into the free world upon their release. IPNO uses its cases to explain how wrongful convictions happen and what we can all do to prevent them. IPNO works with legislators, judges, lawyers, law enforcement and policymakers to protect the innocent within the criminal justice system.

The Project currently only takes cases from Louisiana and south Mississippi. The Project only accepts application requests directly from prisoners and only by mail at the address provided. To request an application, a prisoner should contact the Project by mail (no email or telephone).

Innocence Compensation Program

Toni Zito
(225) 342-1701

Act No. 486 of the 2005 Regular Session of the Legislature established the Innocence Compensation Fund as part of a new state policy through which persons who have suffered the experience of being wrongfully incarcerated would receive compensation from the state for the loss of life opportunities resulting from the time spent incarcerated.

The policy was established to provide funds to these persons to help pay for the costs of job-skills training, necessary medical and counseling services, and tuition and fees at a state institution of higher education.

Safe Streets/Strong Communities

(504) 522-3949

Safe Streets/Strong Communities is a community-based organization that campaigns for a new criminal justice system in New Orleans, one that creates safe streets and strong communities for everyone, regardless of race or economic status.

Louisiana State Police Public Safety Services

Bureau of Criminal Identification and Information
P.O. Box 66614, #A-6
Baton Rouge, LA 70896-6614

Individuals may contact this center to:

  • Obtain a copy of their state rap sheet
  • Learn about the process of sealing, expunging or cleaning it
  • Find out who is legally entitled to have access to his or her record

The Bureau is also responsible for processing court ordered expungements which require modification of criminal history records. Court orders require that a criminal arrest and conviction record be removed from access. The processing of expungements is a complex procedure, requiring extensive man-hours.

Criminal history information, when authorized by law, is also available for applicants for various employment. Such things as schools and day cares, health care, social services, medical professionals, individuals working in the gaming industry and regulatory agencies require criminal history screenings.

Louisiana State Ombudsman Office

Louisiana State Long-Term Care
Ombudsman Program
Office of the Governor
Office of Elderly Affairs
P.O. Box 61
Baton Rouge, LA 70821-0061
Phone (225) 342-7100
Toll Free (866) 632-0922

Long Term Care Ombudsman investigate and resolve complaints made by or on behalf of residents of long-term care facilities. Long-term care facilities include nursing homes, assisted living facilities, and personal care homes that serve individuals age 60 and over. Ombudsman also assists consumers and potential consumers with the process of choosing a facility.

Ombudsman services are confidential and free of charge.

Re-Entry Court Program

Re-Entry Court allows nonviolent “short-timer” offenders to serve their sentence under the guidance of long-term offender mentors.

To participate, an offender must be sentenced to serve ten years or less, with a minimum of two years “in custody”. Offenders must be referred by one of the criminal judges in the 19th JDC with the consent of the Assistant District Attorney, defense counsel, and the Re-Entry Judge.

Offenders must agree to participate in the Offender Rehabilitation and Workforce Development Program. Upon admission to prison, the Department of Corrections will administer a battery of assessments evaluating risk, level of education, prior vocational training, mental health and substance abuse history.

Once accepted, an offender must obtain a GED if he does not have a GED or a high school diploma. He must satisfactorily complete the coursework for at least one of the offered areas of instruction.