A common misconception is that our prison facilities stay the most busy while the sun is up. However, at the Caddo Correctional Center in Shreveport, it is the total opposite.
Deputies and other staff members spend the early morning hours booking upwards of 20 prisoners who come through there doors.
Deputy Sheriff Marlin Marshall has been with the Caddo Parish Sheriff's Office for 19 years. A majority of his time has been spent working overnight hours at CCC. He says the booking process involves putting information in the computer system and notifying the subject of their charges.
Marshall says the process also involves the use of some fancy technology.
"We'll also put them through a scanner where we'll actually pass them through the scanner to also make sure they don't have anything we might have missed during the pat down process," said Marshall.
Following the booking process, deputies tend to other duties for inmates already housed in the facility.
The laundry process takes place once a week for each housing unit.
Marshall says like the booking, the laundry process is very organized.
"We'll explain what they need to bring out, any dirty clothing, any dirty linen that they have, they'll bring that out," said Marshall.
Once explained, the prisoners will drop these items in a selected buggy, before picking up clean items from a row of buggies manned by the deputies.
While this process takes place, other people in the prison are assigned to make daily preparations.
20 prisoners man the kitchen area beginning at 2 a.m. every morning.
Food Service Supervisor Ardise Hicks says they use an assembly line process in preparing a large amount of meals for the prison population.
"We can serve anywhere a thousand to 15-hundred on any given day, we're prepared to do that," said Hicks.
The Caddo Correctional Center is the only direct supervision facility in the state of Louisiana.
The facility houses close to 1,500 beds and successfully manages the large number of inmates with minimum personnel.
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