Ouachita Correctional Center

Ouachita Correctional Center

The Ouachita Correctional Center (OCC) has been in operation since 1963, when it housed 180 inmates. Since then, the facility has grown to a maximum bed capacity of 1,222.  OCC now houses inmates for the Department of Corrections, those sentenced in parish court, and pretrial inmates awaiting trial. OCC is staffed by 150 deputies of the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Our primary responsibility is to maintain a safe and secure, efficiently operated Correctional Center for the residents of Ouachita Parish. OCC is the only jail facility serving Ouachita Parish.

NEW! Our new online video visitation system is now available! Browse to http://visitation.opso.net to find out how it works, create your account, and sign in to visit incarcerated individuals over video chat.

Administration Division

OCC’s Administrative Staff is responsible for the efficient management of its’ 13 million dollar budget.  The funding for this budget comes from parish taxes, as well as money from housing DOC offenders.  The Administration Division is commanded by the Warden and Deputy Warden, who oversee the entire staff.  Additionally, an Administrative Lieutenant oversees OCC’s kitchen, inmate accounts, trustee labor, sentence processing, and a variety of clerical duties.  One of the Administration Division’s main priorities is efficiency. How are we staying efficient?

-OCC’s kitchen serves meals approved by registered dietician at 55-65 cents / meal

-Feed inmates several vegetables grown on OCC’s self-managed farm

-Employ numerous trustees, saving the tax payers approximately

Trustees working at OCC                                                          $1,547,396

Trustees working at other public agencies                               $547,781

Total Savings (assuming minimum wage)                         $2,095,177*

*Assuming a minimum wage

Employment Opportunities-We are hiring for these positions:

Security Deputies: Maintain the safety and security of the Correctional Center, escort offenders to court, medical call, educational classes and attorney visits.

Medical Staff: Must be LPN, RN, EMT or Paramedic, triage offenders, administer medication, coordinate with medical doctors and dentists.

Booking Deputies: Process incoming offenders, fingerprint offenders, coordinate the release of offenders per courts, assist with court proceedings on site.

Security Division

The backbone of OCC.  The Security Division consists of 17 Booking personnel who are responsible for processing people entering and exiting OCC, which is typically between 40-70 individuals per day.

The Security Division also consists of 76 Security personnel responsible for the day-to-day operations of the jail. The Security Division handles offender movement, housing, feeding, discipline, personnel training.

Deputies in the Security Division work a 12 hour shift, straight days or straight nights.  Four days on, four days off. All new hires, with the exception of medical, begin in this division unless they have prior patrol experience and currently Louisiana POST certified.


Rehabilitation Programs

As a true “correctional” facility, OCC offers a variety of self-improvement classes aimed at facilitating a change in behavior that will decrease recidivism.  These classes include Hi-Set (GED) classes, Alcoholics/ Narcotics Anonymous, Freedmen, Anger Management, Celebrate Recovery, and Hi-Set.  OCC’s rehabilitation efforts are supported by a robust army of volunteers from local churches.

Medical Division

OCC’s medical needs are met by a 24-hour Medical Division staffed by Registered Nurses, Licensed Practical Nurses, Certified Nursing Assistants, and Emergency Medical Technicians.  Additionally, OCC is regularly visited by a Psychologist and a Doctor.


The Cell Extraction Response Team (C.E.R.T.)is a highly trained tactical unit that is responsible for a variety of duties, from transporting high-risk inmates to responding to a riot.

Work Release

To lessen the burden on taxpayers, Sheriff Russell has explored a variety of options that allow OCC to generate its’ own revenue.  The most successful of these is the Women’s Temporary Work Program (WTWP), which allows approved female inmates to work off-compound at local businesses, while still being housed at OCC.  The program allows the inmates to earn money while incarcerated, pay for their own incarceration, and decrease the likelihood that they will return to jail.

Interesting Facts

In support of the local government, OCC provides trustees, who have been carefully considered, to a host of public agencies, including:

-Ouachita Parish Police Jury -Ouachita Parish Fire Department
-Ouachita Parish Animal Shelter -University of Louisiana at Monroe
-Cheniere Lake Park -Monroe Police Department

Although operated by the Ouachita Parish Sheriff’s Office, OCC is actually funded by Ouachita Parish Police Jury.

All Ouachita Parish Law Enforcement Agencies rely on OCC to detain their arrests.  Agencies that book into OCC:

Video visitation is now operational. Visit the OCC Inmate section on this website for detail.

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