The mission of Rayburn Correctional Center is to provide for the custody, control, care and treatment of each offender through compliance with applicable laws, regulations, and procedures. Emphasis is placed on the implementation of programs that provide a public service and those designed to reintegrate the inmate into society while ensuring the safety of the public.
Our goals are to provide effective programs while maintaining a secure facility; to maintain credibility with the public; to obtain the maximum benefit from our resources; to promote ongoing staff development; and to encourage better communication within the institution, and with other agencies and the community.
To meet our goals, the following objectives will be met:
– To provide a secure facility.
– To provide staff and offenders with a safe work and living environment.
– To provide appropriate medical care to the offender population.
– To provide the necessities of life to the offender population.
– To provide the offender population with programs that are conducive to their well-being and successful re-entry into society.
– To comply with applicable legal and administrative requirements of the facility and staff.
From Baton Rouge: Go east on Interstate 12 to the second Covington exit. This will lead to Hwy. 190. Go north on 190 approximately three miles. Merge to the right onto Hwy. 21. Go approximately 20 miles through Bush, LA. Hwy. 21 will dead end. Turn left (north) through Sun, Bogalusa and Varnado. The facility’s entrance (large sign) will be approximately 1.5 miles on the right past Varnado.
From New Orleans: Cross the Causeway and this road will become Hwy. 190. Travel 190 through Mandeville and Covington. From there, you can follow the directions above or:
Cross the twin spans on Interstate 10 from New Orleans east. Pass the I-12 interchange going north and take the Pearl River Exit. Take a left through Pearl River, crossing Hwy. 11. You will be on Hwy. 21. Stay on 21 to Bush and take a right. Follow directions above from Bush.
The Education Department recognizes that an offender’s education is related to the recidivism rate. Offenders demonstrating the desire, self-discipline, and motivation to achieve an improved level of education are offered the opportunity to do so. The Education Department’s goal is to provide each individual offender, including those with physical, mental, emotional, and learning disabilities, the opportunity to improve his academic and/or vocational skills before release. All programs are voluntary but, once registered, a student must attend.
The Education Coordinator supervises all academic and vocational programs. Admittance to the education program is voluntary. Offenders are expected to show progress in their classes.
Northshore Community College Extension programs are also administered by the Education Coordinator. While admittance to the programs is voluntary, the callouts are mandatory. Offenders attending mandatory callout programs will be dropped from the course after their second unexcused absence.
The Education Department provides offenders the opportunity to participate in various education programs.
- Literacy (functional levels below 5.0 on the TABE)
- High School Equivalency Preparation (functional levels above 5.0 on the TABE)
- Adult Basic Education (remediation when having a diploma)
- Vocational Training Diploma Programs
- Job Life Skills
- Academic Remediation (for students who score low on the ASSET test and are unable to attend daytime ABE classes)
- Northshore Community College Extension
- Approved Correspondence Courses
This program provides one-on-one student instruction. Students are enrolled part-time and are awarded certificates of achievement upon completion of the course. This program, under the supervision of the Education Coordinator, uses full-time staff instructors and full-time offender tutors. Offender tutors receive training from the staff certified trainer and certification from DOC.
HSE (High School Equivalency) Preparation
Students who complete literacy continue part-time classes as they progress from a TABE level of 5.0 to 8.0, when they move to all day Pre-HSE Class.
The Pre-HSE class is available to offenders with an assessed TABE score of 8.0 – 10.5 on a D level test. The curriculum is designed to ready the student for the HSE program over a three month period. When the target score is reached, students are advanced to HSE.
The HSE class is available to offenders with an assessed TABE score level of 10.5 or above on a D-level TABE. The curriculum is designed to prepare the student for the HSE exam in three months or less. Offenders who successfully complete the HSE program will receive a High School Equivalency Diploma.
Adult Basic Education
The Adult Basic Education Program is available to offenders with a diploma whose TABE scores are too low to qualify for vocational training or college courses. After remediation in areas of weakness, students retake the TABE test. When they reach the appropriate level for the course in which they desire to enroll, they have completed ABE.
Vocational Training Diploma Program
Northshore Technical College – Sullivan Campus
The Education Department, in cooperation with Northshore Technical College – Sullivan Campus (NTC), offers competency-based curricula supported by appropriate materials and classroom resources. Instructors are certified or approved by the State Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and/or the Louisiana Department of Education and/or the Counsel on Occupational Education.
The vocational programs offered by NTC include: Welding, Automotive and Building Technology.
Offenders who successfully complete a vocational course will receive a diploma for that skill. Where available, national certification tests will be offered allowing students to obtain certification that is recognized by a national body.
Two fast-track programs for offenders who do not have time to complete a diploma program are also available. Fast Track Welding and Fast Track Automotive give offenders entry level skills in those fields. These are one semester programs and the student earns a Technical Competency Certificate upon completion.
This is a six-month course designed to enhance offender employability upon release. Students acquire basic computer literacy and typing skills, formulate a resume’, and learn job search skills.
Northshore Community College Extension
The College program is available to high school and GED graduates who score at 10.5 or higher on an A level TABE. Offenders work toward an Associate Degree in General Studies with a concentration in business, paralegal or religion. To obtain the degree, students must complete 60 hours of credits. All classes are transferable to other Louisiana state institutions of higher learning. Upon release, students can continue their education at a community college or university.
Participation is by application, acceptance and mandatory callout. Offenders who are absent more than two callouts will be removed from the program.
A paralegal certificate consisting of six paralegal classes and a remedial English class is offered through NTCC. Applicants must have a high school diploma or HSE and score an 11.0 or higher on a D level TABE. Although no degree is awarded, students will receive a certificate and will accumulate 18 hours in the field of paralegal. These classes are transferable to other institutions of higher learning. The paralegal program is required of all offender counsel substitutes.
Philosophy and Goals
The Education Department continues to strive for excellence in all phases of an offender’s rehabilitation. Most of the offender population desires to break the vicious chain of recidivism. As an offender’s education increases he begins to realize the various opportunities that are open to him upon release. True rehabilitation is possible when alternate opportunities are available through education and work skills.
Other Programs and Services
Offenders coming to RCC meet with a Reentry Transition Specialist within the first month to begin or continue with rehabilitation programming. This initial assessment is done to determine where the offender is presently in the rehabilitation process. Whether their incarceration time is six months, six years, or more, they will be guided on a yearly basis through the use of an Annual Assessment to project their progress.
If the offender is identified as high risk and within five years of his earliest release date, he will meet with a committee to work a more thorough and comprehensive case plan. All plans culminate with a Pre Release program (2 years of the offenders earliest release date) which covers 100 hours of orientation and classroom topic including but not limited to: Personal Development, Problem Solving/Decision Making, Anger Management, Values Clarification, Goal setting/achieving,Victim Awareness, Employment Skills, Job Placement assistance, Money management, Reentry support resources, and counseling on individual community reentry concerns.
Additionally, the Reentry program at RCC has the responsibility and an obligation to the public and to the offender to work collaboratively with surrounding communities at establishing new supports,and enhancing existing programs for offenders while housed at RCC. This often includes introducing offenders to available support programs in the community to which they are returning (housing, employment, and self-help) for a successful transition back to society.