State moves inmates at West Carroll Detention Center

OAK GROVE (AP) — Concerns over inadequate

staffing on the night shift at West Carroll Detention Center have forced

Department

of Corrections officials to move about 350 DOC prisoners to state

and other parish facilities across Louisiana over the next

couple of days.

DOC communications director Pam LaBorde told News-Star the department is concerned about the

future of the facility.

West Carroll Parish Sheriff Jerry Philley says DOC officials were at the prison Thursday.

The facility is owned by Emerald Cos.

Once at the assigned locations, LaBorde said offenders will be allowed a phone call to notify family members of their new

housing assignment.

LaBorde said 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.