Construction of the Jefferson Davis Parish Consolidated Jail, located at 1704 Hwy. 90 West (Shankland Ave.), in Jennings, was completed in 2019. The current facility holds just over three times the capacity of the former jail, which was built in 1964 and held 62 inmates.
The jail’s Warden is Corrections Commander Dustin Locke.
Corrections Commander Dustin Locke
Commander of Corrections Dustin Locke oversees all duties and protocols in the Jeff Davis Parish Jail, currently located in the upper levels of the Jeff Davis Parish Courthouse.
With 16 years of experience in corrections, Commander Locke began his career in 2004 as a correction officer for the North Carolina Department of Corrections. There, he became knowledgeable in security measures for inmates, movement of inmates and the wreck yard.
He continued those duties from 2007 to 2010, when he was then employed with the Riverbend Maximum Security Institution in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time, Commander Locke monitored prisoner movement in the yard and oversaw inmate escorts from facility to facility.
He was also responsible for transportation, cell extractions, the inmate medical unit and was a control center operator performing inmate counts and monitoring surveillance videos.
In 2010, he then joined the Jefferson Davis Parish Sheriff’s Office as a corrections officer, where he continued to utilize the skill set he acquired from his previous experience. In 2012, he was then promoted as Warden of the Parish Jail, before he was entitled as Commander of Corrections. In that capacity, he was also responsible for transportation, courthouse and courtroom security and oversees, to date, as many as up to 26 full and part-time employees.
Commander Locke is also a certified Tazer instructor, OC aerosol instructor and Pepperball instructor.
Besides the Warden, the jail also has a staff of 31 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.
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, located at 1604 Hwy. 90 West (Shankland Ave.), in Jennings, and use the Commissary Kiosk.
- Click here to add money to an Inmate's books online
*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.
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:
- Call 1-800-682-0707
- Click here to setup an account online.