Lafourche Parish Sheriff updates the community on the status of the new jail

In a luncheon for the Bayou Industrial Group, Sheriff Craig Webre spoke about the design of the new jail that is expected to open in August 2018. The jail was designed by GraceHebert Architects and Duplantis Design Group.

Sheriff offers update on new Lafourche jail

Houma Today

February 13, 2017

By Jordon Legendre Staff Writer

Lafourche Sheriff Craig Webre gave an update on the progress of the new Lafourche Parish jail Monday during the Bayou Industrial Group's monthly luncheon in Thibodaux.

During his presentation to the group of business, industry and nonprofit organization representatives gathered for the luncheon at Bayou Country Club, Webre said the new jail was the most important public works project in the past 50 years in Lafourche Parish.

"We are going to build a huge jail and make Lafourche Parish great again," Webre joked as a playful nod to President Donald Trump. "Trust me, nobody knows more about jails. We're going to put all the bad people in the jail, and we're going to make Terrebonne Parish pay for it."

The new complex, which will hold 500 inmates, will be located across from the current jail at the corner of La. 3185 and Veterans Boulevard in Thibodaux on 42 acres of land purchased by the Sheriff's Office for $962,775. A groundbreaking ceremony was held in June 2016, and current plans call for the jail to be operational by August 2018. The project will cost $42 million, which will be raised by a 0.2 percent sales tax increase approved by voters in 2014 . Webre said one of the biggest differences about the new facility will be the use of a direct supervision system where guards and inmates share the same space on a more open floor plan. Webre said the system will reduce tension and violence by inmates on staff and other inmates and helps work toward the goal of rehabilitation.

"Now, we have to have thinking correctional officers who are actively engaged in monitoring and assisting in the rehabilitative effort," Webre said. "There are no bars between them. When you and I are face to face, I have to be involved and perceptive and make sure that this facility is properly run and interact with the people in a positive way."

GraceHebert Architects, located in Baton Rouge, and Duplantis Design Group in Thibodaux were involved in the design of the new facility, with Yates Construction as the construction manager.