Parish Jail is a facility which holds a
capacity of up to 520 prisoners. These
inmates range from New Iberia City
inmates, Iberia Parish inmates, State
Prisoners, Federal Prisoners, as well as
prisoners for other local agencies. The
Iberia Parish Jail staffs approximately
84 employees who oversee the daily
operations of the jail, secure the
inmates 24 hours a day, as well as
perform various tasks, which will be
The Iberia Parish Jail
has a wide variety of functions that serve not only the inmates who are
residing in the facility, but which helps out the City of New Iberia as well
as Iberia Parish.
One of these functions is
our Inmate Labor Program. The Iberia Parish Jail appoints more than 160
inmates throughout the City of New Iberia and the parish. These inmates are
assigned to the Iberia Parish Government, New Iberia City Park, New Iberia
City Barn, Iberia Sewer District, Jeanerette Public Works, Loreauville
Public Works, SugArena, as well as other agencies throughout the parish.
These inmates perform a multitude of tasks such as performing maintenance
work, cutting grass, garbage pick-up, etc. The inmate labor comes at no cost
to any of the agencies who utilize them.
The Iberia Parish Jail
also uses inmate labor to help maintain the daily operations of the jail. We
utilize our inmates to maintain the cleanliness of our facility, the inmates
are used to maintain the entire vehicle fleet of the Iberia Parish Sheriff's
Office, inmates are responsible for much of the construction that happens at
the jail and throughout the department. Further, we utilize inmate labor to
prepare meals for the prisoners at IPJ. Crews of 36 inmates work shifts in
preparing over 1,500 meals per day, as well as assisting in serving the
Located on the grounds of
the Iberia Parish Jail is an approximate 50 acre garden. This garden is
maintained by IPSO personnel as well as inmates. Crops that are grown by the
Iberia Parish Jail are used to help feed the inmates who are incarcerated.
Crops that are not used by the facility are often sold to local markets, or
even donated to local non-profit organizations, such as the St. Francis
Diner in New Iberia. The garden is active throughout most of the year, with
crops being planted by season.
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