Byline: By Shelia Johnson
Subtitle: Winn Correctional Center Winnfield, La.
CCA's Winn Correctional Center is tucked among the pine trees in the heart of the Kisatchie Forest. The facility is in Winn Parish, Louisiana, approximately 95 miles southeast of Shreveport, La.
Winn Parish is a shining example of why Louisiana is known as the "Sportsman's Paradise." All water areas are rated as prime territory for fishing and early duck hunting. More than 500,000 acres of timberland support deer, squirrel, rabbit and many other wildlife hunting opportunities.
The facility houses approximately 1,500 medium-security inmates and is located centrally between the neighboring towns of Winnfield to the northeast and Natchitoches to the southwest. Both communities are known for their historic downtown areas and rich cultural histories.
Winn Correctional was designed in 1986, began its operation on March 19, 1990, and was the first medium-security prison to be managed by a private company in the United States. In 1991, it was the first penal institution in the State of Louisiana to be awarded accreditation by the American Correctional Association. Beginning with an ACA score of 100 percent on mandatory areas and 98.75 percent in non-mandatory areas, the facility has continued to raise the level of professionalism and operations over the years.
Winn is actively involved with different activities in its neighboring communities, one of which is the annual "Uncle Earl's Hog Dog Trials," honoring the heritage of hog hunting, a traditional sport in Winn Parish. In preparing for the annual event, the facility assists in decorating the pigs that local businesses advertise throughout the month. Employees also participate in the Winn and Natchitoches Parish Christmas parades by designing floats to reflect the theme for the year, as well as Relay for Life, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary Club, Shriner Club and Life Share Blood Center events.
Winn Correctional offenders also help in the community through the beautification of Natchitoches, La.
"We have established a work assignment of offenders to help the City," says Warden Tim Keith. "Our offenders assist in the production of hanging baskets and other floral displays for the City."
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