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He Expected Probation, Instead He Went to Jail.

My name is Jonathan. I thought I was going to get probation. Everyone I knew got probation for the same charge, but when I was called in front of the judge, he sentenced me to 30 days in jail. I was handcuffed, taken into custody in front of everyone in the courtroom, and brought to […]

Maine Marijuana Laws: Decriminalized but Still Tricky

Decriminalizing Pot doesn't always mean it is completely legal. Here are some current guidelines. Possession Unlike several other states that chose an ounce as the cutoff for a civil penalty, Maine allows you to possess up to 2.5 ounces and still receive a civil ticket. The fine is a flat $600 regardless of the amount. […]

Pregnant and in Prison – Now What?

Going to prison or jail while you are pregnant sometimes can't be helped, but you will need to be sure you get the proper treatment and medical care while incarcerated. You'll also need to make arrangements for the baby after he or she is born. Banking on the belief you will be released before your […]

When Your Online Search Doesn't Find Your Inmate

Many jails have online databases listing those who have been arrested. In some cases, the database is updated every few minutes. If you do a search but nothing comes up, it doesn't necessarily mean your loved one is not incarcerated. There are several reasons an inmate can be in jail but not showing up in […]

Inmate Care Packages and How They Work

If your inmate is incarcerated in a jail that offers a care package program, you can have some fun surprising your inmate from time to time with a box full of things that you've personally selected for him or her. The Basics Inmate care packages are boxes or bags that are pre-filled with items from […]

Why and How Drugs Are Divided Into Different Classes and Levels

The class of drug is typically included in the criminal charge for possession, sale or use. For examples, the charge would read, "Possession of a Class I drug for resale," or "Possession of a Class II drug". How They're Classed While each agency determines which drugs fall into each schedule, class or level, they are […]

Checking In To Prison – Aaron's Story

When the judge sentenced me to six months in the county jail, my first thought was about my family. Without me there to work and pay the bills, my wife and kids would lose the apartment. My attorney spoke up right away and asked the judge to allow me to check in at a later […]

Five Reasons to Go to Drug Rehab and Stay Out of Jail

You know you have a problem, because lately your life has been falling apart. But going to rehab or seeking outpatient treatment seems like a drastic measure, because you're still surviving. Think about getting help for these reasons: It shows your family you are serious. How many times have you promised to stop using drugs […]

Why Commissary is Important

Commissary funds are deposited to an inmate's account so he or she can purchase personal hygiene items, stationery supplies and snacks. Some lists also offer clothing, electronics, books and phone cards, among other things. A Relief from Hunger Inmates are typically fed two to three meals a day. The ingredients are high in calorie and […]

Time Inmate Visitation So it Works

Many jails provide a variety of visitation options during the week and you should take advantage of this if you can. Though your inmate will be thrilled to see you at any time, strategic scheduling can make a big difference in the quality of the visit. Time of Day Choose a time that he or […]

You are on Felony Probation: 4 Things Not To Do

Being on felony probation means you report to a probation officer by phone or in person, typically once a month. Between your reporting dates, you need to stay on your probation officer's good side. 1. Don't associate with felons. Almost all felony probation officers will tell you not to hang around with known felons. It […]

How to find out if you've been a Victim of Fraud

In most cases of fraud, the victim's identity is stolen and unauthorized purchases are made. News stories report victims making the discovery after they are thousands of dollars in debt for things they never purchased. There are usually signs before it gets to that point, but you have to know what to look for. Obtain […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Massachusetts

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, but that right can be lost if you're a convicted felon. It's up to the each state to decide their laws about restoring rights. The laws for Massachusetts include: If You're Charged If you've been charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

Pregnant and Imprisoned

My name is Ashley. My probation officer violated me and had me sent to jail for three months. I was four months pregnant at the time. When I got to the jail, I told them I was pregnant, and they had me see a nurse practitioner right away who set up an appointment for an […]

Parental Visitation: Know the keys to Helping Your Child Visit Their Parent in Jail

Children typically desire contact with their parents, even if a parent is incarcerated, so learn the ropes to keep the connection going: Keep it Simple Depending on the age of the child, you can explain without going into too much detail, why the parent is in jail. Preschool to elementary kids – Let them know […]

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The St. Bernard Parish Prison in Chalmette, St. Bernard Parish, Louisiana, like all jails is a maximum security facility. Because the inmates in this jail range from low level offenders to those being held for violent crimes like robbery, rape and murder, the security level is as high as is it is in any maximum security state prison. Some of the security features in this facility include security cameras, electronic detection and reinforced fencing topped with razor wire. Correctional officers in St. Bernard Parish Prison are armed with mace and trained to use physical force to protect themselves and other inmates from violence.

The men, women and juveniles being held in the St. Bernard Parish Prison are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the St. Bernard Parish Court System already and been sentenced to a period of time of one year or less. When an inmate is sentenced to a year or more, they are admitted into the Louisiana Prison or Federal Prison System. Inmates in the St. Bernard Parish Prison are fed three meals a day totaling 2,500 calories, are allowed access to phones to contact friends and family members, are allowed at least one hour a day for exercise, have access to books, bathroom and shower facilities. The inmates are allowed mail to be delivered to them as well as newspapers and magazine from trusted outside publishers. In addition, St. Bernard Parish houses the following juvenile facilities: St. Bernard Juvenile Detention Center, St. Bernard Parish Juvenile Detention.

On this page you will find direct links to specific information that friends and family members of inmates will find useful: St. Bernard Parish Inmate Search, Inmate Phone use, Visitation Rules and Schedules, Commissary Deposits and Information about the St. Bernard Parish Prison Inmate Mail Guidelines. In addition, you will find information on how to contact the facility, directions to the jail, St. Bernard Parish recent arrests, Most Wanted, outstanding Arrest Warrants and much more.

St. Bernard Parish Prison Inmate Search


Louisiana St. Bernard Parish
1900 Paris Rd
Chalmette, LA 70043
(504) 278-7785

What Happens if You Bond Someone Out and That Person Flees?

In the chaos of an arrest it is easy to get caught up in the moment and race to bail someone out of jail. Bonding someone out is not hard to do, but if that person doesn't show up in court when ordered to do so, your life could become very difficult. Be sure you […]

5 Ways to Help an Addict While he is Away at Rehab

Unless your friend is still living at home with parents and has no bills or responsibilities, he/she is going to need some help while at rehab. The five main reasons addicts worry about being gone are: Pets: If you are an animal lover, you might offer to take his pet in and take of him […]

Consequences of Providing Contraband to an Inmate

It is never a good idea to mail contraband to an inmate or to bring it on a visit. The consequences for such actions are serious not only for the inmate, but also for you. What is Contraband? Contraband is anything that inmates are not allowed to have in their possession. Obvious examples are weapons, […]

How to find out if you've been a Victim of Fraud

In most cases of fraud, the victim's identity is stolen and unauthorized purchases are made. News stories report victims making the discovery after they are thousands of dollars in debt for things they never purchased. There are usually signs before it gets to that point, but you have to know what to look for. Obtain […]

How To Keep an Inmate Involved in the Lives of the Children

One of the hardest things for an inmate to deal with is being removed from his or her children. Not being there for daily routines means missing out on much of the child's development and preparation for life. These easy steps will keep your inmate connected and active in the lives of the children. Phone […]

Solitary Confinement for Teenagers is a Bad Idea. Here's What We Can Do About It.

Inhumane disciplinary isolation for incarcerated children is causing suicides and other harm. All who believe that teenagers deserve special attention at their time of need will be interested in the recommendations in this New York Times piece. Read about it here: End Solitary Confinement for Teenagers

Five Fun Photo Ideas to Send Pictures to Your Inmate

Face it. You can only send so many selfies, family group shots or photos of the dog on the couch to your inmate before it becomes boring for both of you. Try these ideas to spice up the fun! Have a party for the inmate Gather friends and family together and have a party. Choose […]

A Guide to Inmate Visitation Online

Jails across the nation are catching on to the popularity of offering remote, "at-home," visitation. Not only is it convenient for jail staff, inmates, and family members, but it is also a way for the jail to collect revenue because in most cases, at-home visitation is a paid service. How it Works To be able […]

Are Penalties Stiffer For Selling Drugs in a Drug-Free School Zone?

Being accused of dealing drugs or having enough in your possession for resale is a serious situation, but many states have also implemented additional penalties for drug situations near a school. Each state sets its own rules about this, but in most cases it is a higher grade of felony with longer sentences. What is […]

Restrictions on Greeting Cards for Inmates

Understanding what jails mean by "plain" cards and why they require them helps ensure your inmate's holiday or greeting cards arrive on time. The facility's website might have a vague statement about only sending "plain" cards, or there might be no instruction at all. It is only when your card is returned unopened to you […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In California?

California law allows some convicted felons to own or possess guns. Federal law still makes it a crime to do so, and in some cases the feds have pursued prosecution of those who possess guns in states that permit it. Only an attorney should advise you on this matter, but the basics of California laws […]

Voting Rights for Felons in Alabama

The state of Alabama allows felons to have their voting rights restored under the following guidelines. You must have completed your entire sentence, including incarceration, probation, and parole, or community supervision. Once completed, you have three options: Contact your local parole or probation office Write to the Board of Pardons and Parole

Why Commissary is Important

Commissary funds are deposited to an inmate's account so he or she can purchase personal hygiene items, stationery supplies and snacks. Some lists also offer clothing, electronics, books and phone cards, among other things. A Relief from Hunger Inmates are typically fed two to three meals a day. The ingredients are high in calorie and […]

Can a Felon Possess a Gun In Georgia?

Georgia law is very clear on its position regarding convicted felons in that state owning or possessing firearms: It follows the federal law when it comes to guns and felons. The Basics: With the exception of a felony conviction that is non-violent and related exclusively to a business-related crime, if you have ever been convicted […]

What's the Difference between Jails and Prisons?

Both jails and prisons house inmates but there are some important differences in what the two institutions are used for. Sentenced or Not? People accused of crimes but not yet convicted are held in county or city jails. In some cases, a bond amount is set and if the defendant can pay it he or […]

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  1. starletta hildreth Thu, Jul 28 2011 7:10 AM

    My Son is 20 years old, from Florida and followed a friend to New Orleans, fell in love with a drug addicted 27 year old stripper and ended up in your jail for so many months now I cant remember. He was charged with Criminal Damage and Unlawful Entry. When I called and offered to write a letter to the judge I was told "Honey that aint gonna help you down here!" My sons name is Cody Phillips and he cannot pay restitution as long as he is behind bars in a louisiana cell costing louisiana tax payers money to feed and shelter him. What he needs is to come to Tallahassee and start a new life with his mother and a church family and God that can save him. He is hardly a hardened criminal - yet.

  2. former inmate Fri, Oct 14 2011 9:08 PM

    St bernard parish jail is the worst food ever. Mid america services makes thousands of dollars of taxpayers money because the sheriffs department doesn't employ a regular dietician and they serve the lowest grade of food possible. please help! inmates are human not animals.

  3. iCare alot Mon, Oct 31 2011 10:48 PM

    St. Bernard parish jail needs to be looked at by our government. They hardely feed them. Take money from there money orders. Don't give them nothing to sleep on. Not to mention the abuse the jailers putbon them. The men have it the worst. I know from a family member the male jailers are asking the women for sexual favors. They treat them like animals!! Somebody hire up needs to come in and see how they have these people living. Oh! Not to mention they beat my kid up and added more charges to him. They make up there charges as they feel like it. Have the squad is on steroids there the ones who need to be drug tested. Please somebody read this. They need help no food sleeping on floors! Come on now! They need to be investigated ASAP thanks 4 reading hope somebody can help.

  4. St. Bernard Resident Tue, Jan 03 2012 5:35 PM

    I have no simpathy for inmates. If you conducted yourselves correctly when you are out of jail, you wouldn't have to worry about what goes on inside of them.

  5. Mother of inmate Fri, Jan 27 2012 9:12 AM

    To No Sympathy, I hope you never have a kid that ends up in jail.

  6. Mother of Inmate Fri, Feb 24 2012 4:04 PM

    To the St. Bernard Resident. I too hope that you never have a kid, because it's possible that they will end up in jail and then what will you be saying!

  7. kayla Thu, Apr 05 2012 1:55 AM

    friend of an inmate: dwayne e james has been told all his life he is just like his dad when he is not. hes a good guy and i just wish the best for him. i love him so much and i know God is going to do amazing things in his life if he gets the chance to do rite i know he will!

  8. kayla Thu, Apr 05 2012 2:01 AM

    everybody makes mistakes. it is by the grace of God we are forgiven.. one day we will wake up into eternity and its either going to be HEAVEN OR hell.THE Bible says Jesus is going to come like a thief in the night!! can you honestly say you've done Gods work??

  9. noreen Fri, May 11 2012 12:14 AM

    My son in is in jail there ... He was a srtaight A student all through school. was the first student to ever graduate in la microsoft certifided in la without any high college courses... By my lack of skills on typing and grammer you can tell i am not as smart as him..He is 23 single,and he is a a male one day he was on his computer and got a POP up for free pron... clicked on it ,,, low and behold it was child pron... I no for a fact my son is not like that .

  10. a w Sun, Jul 22 2012 5:18 AM

    all i can say to yalls is wow . if you do da crime you do da time . and if ya didnt learn your lesson thefirst time ya gunna do mo time . u locked up couse u f**ked up. yalls thinking you peeps are haveing it so bad ya better be glad they isnt locked up in a mexican jail now dats da truth. take da pacifire out the mouths as long as yall keep coenablein them they neva gunna learn thier lesson.

  11. Unsilent minority Mon, Aug 06 2012 9:25 PM

    To anyone that has no sympathy for inmates, just wait, you will. Everyone in this country is now a hairs breath from being arrested at any time for any reason. The privatization of the jail and prison system has turned it into the biggest franchise industry in this country. In other words, they get paid for you to stay.If you dont believe me, take the time to look it up.It may be 2012, but it seems alot like "1984" to me, if you know what I mean. Dont kid yourselves, the day is coming when you will have to confront this corrupt predator head on. All of you.

  12. cant lose hope Sun, Aug 12 2012 11:52 AM

    I just want my boyfriend to come home...

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  14. Kesha Fri, Jan 04 2013 3:33 PM

    St.bernard parish authorities need at b locked up they do sum dirty ass shit DA FEDS NEED TO CRACK DOWN ON THEY ASS

  15. Kim Thu, Jan 31 2013 12:35 PM

    St. Bernard is the worst jail I have ever seen, I'm going to make it my mission before I leave this earth that it gets closed down. I have never heard of a jail where you can't visit your kids and you can't receive medical attention and when you do ask to many times you get put on lock down, I'm going to call someone who is over their asses and we will go from there. AND 4 THE LADIES ABOVE DON'T EVER THINK U R UR FAMILY CAN'T GO TO JAIL, MISTAKEN IDENTITY IS A M.F. SO BE CAREFUL AND PLEASE NEVER END UP IN ST. BERNARD PARISH JAIL!!!

  16. Kim Thu, Jan 31 2013 12:53 PM

    Please if your love one is sick and they r at St. Bernard call everyday and make sure they give them their medicine b/c they usually don't, and for the record aspirin and tylenol dosen't heal everything. I hope they will get more than 1 nurse to help 400 inmates and hopefully when she isn't their they will call someone for emergencies instead of making the inmate wait until she comes back to work, please check on your people if they r in St. Bernard b/c they will DIE, and everyone in St. Bernard has high blood pressure and staf infections, I wonder Y, take my word for it that prison isn't right......DEATH IS THE END RESULT

  17. Unknown Wed, Apr 24 2013 5:30 PM

    Lord I just want my dude to come

  18. Bobby Joe Fabian Sat, Jun 29 2013 5:24 PM

    5 Judges, 8 asst. DA's and an over paid police force (with a population of only 27k residents) , this is why people are arrested on trumped up charges

  19. Eyes wide open Tue, Aug 13 2013 11:47 AM

    St. Bernard Prison is a joke. They do not take inmates outside, they feed them crap, you cannot get Medical Attention because that one Nurse is either not there or do not care and they do not even give you a Bible It really cost money to be spiritual. The entire staff is Wack and they lock grown folks up at 7:15 really my children curfew is 9pm. Oh did I mention over half the population have kids but they cannot see theirs. Let not forget its Nasty and Dirty and the cleaning material they receive is not enough to clean a lil corner in the jail. Bugs you name it so why is this Jail still open. Why is our tax dollars still paying for this Jail to be open oh I forgot the ppl need jobs but the inmates do not need clear water I guest Brown water is the new thing. So why nobody checked this Jail out yet oh because they are inmates they are not human

  20. 4thelove of jones Tue, Aug 20 2013 1:15 AM

    WoW this is so sad to hear Will pray for ya'lls family what u can do is call an keep calling the news station on them!!!! My best friend my love is a federal inmate but is being housed there,I hope its better for him since the feds tend to treat them better but i know not bcuz i was also thru that an s long as your in a parish jail federal or not u get treated like an animal. sad so sad!!!! PRAY PRAY PRAY...Only the man Above can get those situations going.... sincerely, A loved one

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