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      RS 15:764     


§764.  Parish jail overcrowding; state of emergency

A.  If the prisoner population of a parish jail exceeds the rated design capacity of the parish jail for seven consecutive days, the sheriff of that parish shall certify that fact in writing, by first class mail or personal delivery, to each district, municipal and traffic court judge in the parish, to the district attorney and the chief of police of any municipality within the parish, and to the senior official of the parish governing authority.  If this condition exists for seven consecutive days after notification of said officials, the sheriff shall declare a parish jail overcrowding state of emergency and shall notify such officials.  

B.  After the declaration of emergency is made in accordance with Subsection A of this Section, the sheriff may reduce overcrowding in the parish jail by any or all of the following means:

(1)  The substitution of appearance tickets or summons for booking at the parish jail and the release or furlough of pre-trial arrestees, based on factors included in Code of Criminal Procedure Article 317 and on any other factors related to public safety or the likelihood of court appearance, however only persons charged with violations of municipal ordinances which are nonviolent offenses shall be eligible for such release.  

(2)  The furlough of individuals who have been convicted under municipal ordinance for nonviolent offenses who are within one year of release.  

Acts 1988, No. 556, §1; Acts 1990, No. 397, §1.  

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