Press Release from Sheriff Jay Russell

Minutes ago I participated in a conference call with the Executive Director of the Louisiana Sheriff’s Association concerning issues relating to the COVID-19 virus.  Rumors circulating the state regarding measures being taken were included in our discussion.   I wish to address the rumors that are currently circulating Ouachita Parish and throughout the State:

There is not a curfew in effect for Ouachita Parish nor is one planned at this time.

Martial Law has not been declared.

No order for shelter in place has been given nor is it being considered at this time.

Residents are encouraged to check the source of information they receive.  OPSO along with the other agencies are working to keep you informed of accurate information.  You may also click the links below or dial 211 for the most recent, accurate information.

OCC Visitation

As previously stated, normal visitation at OCC has been suspended as a precaution.  As a result, we have arranged free video visitation with incarcerated persons at OCC via video conferencing.   Persons wishing to use this service are to check in with the guard at the OCC front gate. The guard will direct you to the video conference building located near the guard house at the front gate.