The Department of Corrections sent out this press release in regards to inmates being moved out of the West Carroll Detention Center:
The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections is moving state offenders from the West Carroll Detention Center in Epps, Louisiana. DOC staff monitors recommended the offender relocations out of concerns over inadequate staffing on the night shift and the uncertainty of the facility's future.
"The Department has consulted with the sheriff and the warden about this move," said DPS&C Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc. "The Department's decision to move DOC inmates out of the facility is in the best interest of public and offender safety, as the facility could not provide adequate security for the assigned DOC offender population."
Approximately 350 DOC offenders will transfer to state and other parish facilities across Louisiana over the next couple of days. Once at the assigned locations, offenders will be allowed a phone call to notify family members of their new housing assignment. Families can also call the Department's Offender Locator system at 225.383.4580 (although it may take a few days to accurately reflect all the transfers).
Fifteen (15) DOC offenders will remain at West Carroll temporarily to assist with the operations of the facility since it will still house pre-trial inmates. Authorities of the appropriate parishes with pre-trial inmates have been notified of the transfer of DOC offenders.
NBC 10 has learned that officials from the Louisiana Department of Corrections are currently removing inmates from the West Carroll Detention Center in Epps.
West Carroll Sheriff Jerry Philley tells us he believes its out of concern for public safety.
A spokeswoman from the Department of Corrections say more information as to why the inmates are being moved will be made available later in the day.
The West Carroll Detention Center is privately ran by Emerald Companies.
In October two inmates escaped from the detention center, this was after dozens of other inmates were removed after a shakedown was performed at the detention center.
That resulted in several employees losing their jobs and changes were ordered at the detention center.