The Jefferson Davis Parish Jail was built in 1964 and has beds for sixty-two (62) inmates. The jail’s Warden is Deputy Dustin Locke. Besides the Warden, the jail also has a staff of 9 deputies serving as jailers.
The jailers are responsible for booking in and booking out all inmates that have been arrested and escorted to the jail. This process includes fingerprinting, taking a booking photo, completing and filing various paperwork, and placing the inmate into population. The jailers also ensure that the inmates are able to see the Judge within 72-hours of being arrested; if a bond is given by the Judge, the jailers update the inmates’ files and work with the inmates to be able to contact a bondsman. Among other duties and needs attended to within the jail during each 12-hour shift, the jailers also make rounds in the jail, serve meals to the inmates, and dispense medication to the inmates who have a prescription. On days that court is in session, the jailers are also responsible for bringing the inmates to and from court.
There are three ways to post a Bond for someone in jail.
- Property Bond - When posting a property bond you must go to the Tax Assessor's Office and get a description of the property you would like to use to post the bond. The assessed value of the property must be equal or more than the bond amount. Once you receive the proper paperwork from the Tax Assessor's Office, you then bring it to the Clerk of Court's Office to run a title search in order to verify there are no judgments, liens, or mortgages on the property. A mobile home cannot be used for a property bond and the property must be in Jefferson Davis Parish. Once you have completed these steps you must then bring the paperwork to the Sheriff's Office. All property bonds are subject to the Sheriff's approval.
- Cash Bond - When you wish to post a Cash Bond you must put up the entire bond amount in cash.
- Surety Bond - A bondsman posts the bond to get the inmate released from jail. You will have to pay the bondsman 12% of the total bond plus any additional fees the bondsman charges.
*Bonds are only accepted Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m.
*Property Bonds may require additional fees that are not listed here.
*All bonds have a $30.00 fee for the paperwork.
*All bonds are held until the case has been closed.
Visitation is held every Saturday: female inmates are allowed visitors from 8:30 a.m. until 9:00 a.m.; male inmates are allowed visitors from 9:00 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. An inmate can request up to two visitors per visitation. Each visit lasts thirty minutes; if there are two visitors for one inmate, then that inmate’s time is equally split between them (fifteen minutes per visitor). In order to be allowed a visit, the inmate must complete a Visitation Request form with your Name and Driver's License or I.D. Number and are allowed to request preferred visiting times. Once the inmate requests a visitation, the request goes through an approval process. If the visitation request is approved, then the inmate is given a visitation time. It is the inmates’ responsibility to inform the visitor(s) of the time of the visitation. The following rules govern visitation and must be adhered to at all times:
- Visitors must be 18 years of age or older
- Visitors can not be a Convicted Felon
- Visitors can not be on Probation
- Visitors can not have been incarcerated in Jefferson Davis Parish Jail
- Visitors can not be intoxicated or under the influence of any drugs
- Visitors must conduct themselves in an orderly manner and respect all other visitors
- No Coats
- No Hats
- No Dresses
- No Skirts
- No Suggestive Clothing
- No Sleeveless Shirts
- No Open Toe Shoes
- No Shorts
- No Low-cut tops
- No Revealing Clothing
- No Derogatory Clothing
- No Electronic Devices
- No Purses or Bags
- No Neck-ties
- You can only bring yourself, your car keys, and your I.D.
*Any visitors refusing to comply with the above will be denied visitation.
*All visitors are subject to being searched or being asked to leave at any time.
Inmates order commissary every Wednesday before noon and they receive it the following business day. In order for inmates to order commissary they need money on their books. To put money on an inmate’s books you can do any of the following:
- Bring cash, a debit card, or a credit card to the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff's Office Dispatch Lobby and use the Commissary Kiosk.
- Click here to add money to an Inmate's books online
- Call 1-866-345-1884 to add money to an Inmate's books over the phone
*An additional fee may be required
As an alternative to providing an inmate with money for commissary, you can order items through the commissary company and have the order sent directly to the inmate by performing any of the following:
- Click here to order commissary online and have it shipped to the inmate.
- Call 1-800-546-6283 to order commissary by phone and have it shipped to the inmate.
- Print this form, fill it out, and mail it to the address listed on the form.
Inmates are allowed to receive mail while in jail; the mail is screened before being passed out Monday thru Friday. Include the inmate’s name on the envelope and send mail to:
P.O. Box 863
Jennings, LA 70546
The following rules apply to mail:
- You can only send letters in a standard envelope
- No packages will be accepted through the mail
- Only pictures of reasonable and appropriate taste will be allowed
- No pictures involving alcohol or drugs will be allowed
- Inmates can only have ten (10) pictures in their property
The inmates have phones in their cells that allow them to make phone calls between 8:30 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. They may either purchase phone cards through commissary with the money that is placed on their books, or they may have the person they are calling set up an account for them to charge their phone calls to. In order to set up an account to charge phone calls to, either: