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Why Doesn't An Addict Get Clean After Overdosing?

As told by an addict who overdosed and almost died twice before giving up drugs. How often did you get high before you overdosed? By the time I overdosed the first time, I was getting high on a daily basis. I no longer took drugs to enjoy a high. I took them to avoid being […]

How to Survive Prison

Most people know the importance of working out and staying physically fit to survive prison, but mental strength and attitude play a huge role in getting through incarceration. Expand Your Skills If the prison offers classes, sign up for some. Whether it is music lessons, anger management or business math, anything you learn is something […]

What if an Inmate Becomes Terminally Ill?

You were handling your husband's incarceration by visiting once a month, writing constantly, and hearing him out during phone calls. Recently he was declared terminally ill, and all you want now is to spend his last few months with him, and you're hoping he can pass surrounded by family. In some states this is becoming […]

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

Bio-chemical treatment for Alcohol Addiction

One method of treatment for alcoholism is the bio-chemical method. While other recovery paths concentrate on powerlessness over addictions and the acceptance of a higher power, the bio-chemical treatment places importance on stabilizing the brain's chemistry. It has long been known that certain brain chemicals such as dopamine, serotonin and endorphins

The Truth about Prison Phone Calls

Your inmate needs to stay connected to friends and family. While lots of information can be shared on the phone, precautions must be taken so that everyone involved can avoid having future problems. Phone Calls are Recorded If your inmate wants to discuss the case with you by phone, use extreme caution going forward. The […]

Inmate Mail: How to Get an Envelope or Post Card Pre-Metered

If the facility that your inmate is in will only accept pre-metered mail, it is important to know how to get that done. Sticking a regular stamp on it and sending it will only get it sent back or discarded. Your inmate will never see it. You have several options: Get it Pre-Metered at the […]

Consequences of Contraband Mail

At some point you might be tempted to mail contraband to your inmate. After all, how much trouble will it really cause, right? The answer is, plenty. The consequences of being caught mailing contraband to an inmate or an inmate receiving it can be severe. Criminal Charges If your inmate is in a state or […]

Get a Special Visit If You Live Far From the Jail

The logistics of visiting an inmate who is incarcerated very far from where you live can be tricky. If the jail has very short visits or requires a specific visitation registration processes, it makes it even more difficult. Some jails make exceptions for those who must travel to visit the inmate. How Far is Far? […]

Dealing with a Drug Addict: How I Started Letting Go

If you are dealing with an addict in your life, you already know that you won't be able to keep it up forever. There will come a point where you will need to reclaim your life and get back among the living. Years ago, I began taking gradual steps toward letting go and by the […]

Can a Deported Immigrant Get Back Into the U.S.?

Typically, once an immigrant is expelled from America, he is not allowed back into the country for any reason before a specific amount of time has passed, but in some instances he will be allowed to come back early if he successfully completes the Hardship Waiver process. What is a Hardship Waiver? A hardship waiver […]

Finding Employment After Prison

Many companies will not interview a felon, much less hire one. While this is true and it can make life on the outside difficult, finding employment after prison can be done if you take the right steps. Career Centers Goodwill has set up a nationwide career center program to help underemployed and unemployed people and […]

Caring for an Inmate, Even If You Can't Visit the Jail or Prison

Visits are a lifeline for most inmates, but if his jail is very far away, or there are other reasons that make it impossible for you to visit, there are other steps you can take to let him know he is not alone. Lots of mail: Even if you can't write a letter each day […]

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 Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

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The St. Tammany Parish Jail in Covington, St. Tammany 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. Tammany Parish Jail 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. Tammany Parish Jail are either awaiting trial or have been sentenced in the St. Tammany 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. Tammany Parish Jail 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.

The other jail facility in St. Tammany Parish, Louisiana is: St. Tammany Parish Work Release Facility. In addition, St. Tammany Parish houses the following juvenile facility: Florida Parish Juvenile Detention Center.

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

St. Tammany Parish Jail Inmate Search

Louisiana St. Tammany Parish 1192
1200 Champagne Street
Covington, LA 70433
Inmate's Name, Dorm #, Cell #
St. Tammany Parish Jail
PO Box 908
Covington, LA 70433
Jail (Main): (985) 875-2600

How I Overcame Fear in Jail

Anyone sentenced to jail or prison for the first time is scared. If they tell you otherwise they are either lying or they're mentally ill. Your imagination runs wild and every jailhouse show you have ever seen comes to mind. The first time I went to jail I was only 18, and I went for […]

How to Survive Prison

Most people know the importance of working out and staying physically fit to survive prison, but mental strength and attitude play a huge role in getting through incarceration. Expand Your Skills If the prison offers classes, sign up for some. Whether it is music lessons, anger management or business math, anything you learn is something […]

Parents in Jail: Getting a Preschool-aged Child Ready to Visit

Preschool-aged children are very attached to their parents. If one of them is suddenly arrested and incarcerated it can cause lots of anxiety. Allowing the child to visit the parent can help alleviate those fears but it is important to explain what's coming with age-appropriate discussions. Talk it over immediately Waiting too long to explain […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Louisiana

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Louisiana include: You've Been Charged You cannot vote in Louisiana if you are incarcerated for […]

5 Things Not to Talk About During Jail Calls

When he calls, it is a natural instinct to talk to him about what's going on in your life, but be careful. Never lie to him, but be smart about what topics you bring up to speak about. These 5 things should probably wait for an in person visit or for when he comes home. […]

A Bath Salt Addict Describes Why She Gave Them Up

How did you discover bath salts? I was on probation and my probation officer was giving me random drug tests. A friend told me that the current drug screens being used in my county didn't check for bath salts so it would be a high that I couldn't be violated for. I decided to try […]

Fun Ideas for Inmate Mail

Writing to your inmate is an invaluable way to communicate. You'll have your share of serious life issues letters, but here are some fun ways to entertain each other through letters. These can be done on postcards, too. Top 5 + 5 = 10 Each of you make a list of your favorite five things […]

Getting a Felon's Voting Rights Restored in Michigan

Voting is one of the most fundamental rights given to American citizens, however, once convicted of a felony, whether or not that right will be restored to you is up to the state that you reside in. The laws for Michigan include: Pending Cases If you are charged with a crime, but have not yet […]

How to Send a Book to an Inmate

Almost all jails and prisons require that books be sent to inmates directly from the publisher or a reputable online vendor, such as Amazon.com or BarnesandNoble.com. This requirement actually makes it simpler for you because you can compare prices easily and avoid shopping trips away from home or work and packaging time. How to Order […]

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

Should I Tell My Kids I am an Addict?

If your children are over the age of six or seven they should be told if you are addicted to drugs. Children aren't stupid, and no matter how much you think you are keeping the big secret, they know something is wrong. Their imagination is going to run wild until you give them some information. […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Drastically Reduce the Cost of Calls from Your Out of State Inmate

Most facilities contract with a third-party company so you can fund prepaid calls, but if those calls are long distance, it can become cost-prohibitive. Luckily there is a way to pay local call rates for long-distance calls on a prepaid service. First, Do Some Very Basic Research Find out the area code for the jail […]

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  1. dorothy newell Wed, Aug 31 2011 1:10 PM

    i have 2 grandsons in there they were arrested on 6 1 2011 charged with burgulary they are joseph newell c436 and denson parker c745 i understand the da refused the charges so why are they still in there could someone please tell me

  2. Donna Thu, Sep 01 2011 4:56 PM

    My brother has staph infection and they haven't taken him to see a doctor yet. It keeps getting worse and bigger. They made him fill out a form to request to see a nurse that could take a week. My brother is insanely sick... He is only in for a DUI and this is how he gets treated.

  3. Donna Thu, Sep 01 2011 7:57 PM

    My brother has staph infection and they haven't taken him to see a doctor yet. It keeps getting worse and bigger. They made him fill out a form to request to see a nurse that could take a week. My brother is insanely sick... He is only in for a DUI and this is how he gets treated.

  4. Sharon Sat, Sep 10 2011 11:25 PM

    My brother is in there with staph as well. I call the medical and told them about it. It had busted and was bleeding guess what they did, they took him from his cell and put him in the holding tank till the next day. He was charged with dwi (2) but they pulled 2 more from 1992 and 1998 so they charged him with 4. I'm told the place is dirty, dirty and very over crowded. I'm told a lot of the ones in there have staph infections, boils and sores. If anyone knows what can be done please let me know. In the passed I know that they hold people in holding cells as long as they want before they will book them. He has been put in the squairl cage and was tolded if he was to squat down he would be shocked.

  5. sharon Sat, Sep 10 2011 11:28 PM

    Dorothy They are still there because that is the way it is done there. They get paid per person per day. Keep them longer to get more money.

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  7. Callie Wed, Dec 14 2011 5:16 PM

    I'm tryin to find out where exactly my fiancee is!!! the autpmated system says he is at st. tammany parish prison and his release date is 08/25/13 he has been locked up since 10/06/11 on a simple violation of parole... could this be right??? also he was at Elayn hunt correctional center last week and i havent heard from him since 12/05/11 we talked everyday so im wondering whats up.. i called st. tammany parish prison and they say he isnt there... so i dont know whats up.. if anyone has had experience with something like this please help.. im new to all of this and really upset..

  8. Debbie Sat, Jul 07 2012 9:55 PM

    My son was arrested in the mall parking lot. He was out drinking, he got dropped off at his car in the mall. He knew he shouldn't drive home, so he called us to come get him. He was in a reclined position in his car waiting for us to come get him. In the meantime the police got there pulled him out the car and took him to jail, towed his car. He was charged with DWI and resisting arrest. It cost me 600.00 cash to bail him out and 250.00 for the tow yard. Last week out of the blue my son got a stating the charges are recalled and his lic was reinstated. It was done. Well I am not done I am out 850.00. If the charges are dropped with out going to court domi get my money back. Also as part of his bond before pleading not guilty he had to have a interlock installed in his car. That was 180.00 to install plus 2 months of payments of 75.00 per month. Again do I get that back.

  9. Ash Sat, Jul 21 2012 7:36 PM

    How long does it take for them to put the prisoners In a cell for we can send them letters?

  10. Ash Sat, Jul 21 2012 7:59 PM

    How long does it take for them to put the prisoners In a cell for we can send them letters?

  11. morgan pooser Tue, Jul 31 2012 12:05 PM

    ashley, it can take up to two weeks. my husband is there && has been for a week now, he's still in holding..

  12. Demetrial Sun, Aug 19 2012 1:27 AM

    Well my husband just got shipped there from another prison n he said they took everything he had boxer soap ect. Food he had just made store n I have to send him money all over again that's not fair who can I talk too

  13. Joe Lewis Mon, Aug 20 2012 9:56 PM

    Everyone Go to the FBI, file complaint, get lawyer and go to state/federal judges, file with state/federal attorney generals. Talk to friends, neighbor, relatives about Sheriff, DA, Judges in St.Tammany psh. about reelecting people with compassion and seek justice.

  14. Kelly Mon, Dec 03 2012 10:30 AM

    I have been in the twice and everything that is being posted is valid and legit. Yes they keep you in the holding cell for 2 to 3 weeks. They are so focused on petty issues that they don't give two shits about human rights common decency and respect. Those are the laws of God, not man. And if Jack(ass) Strain is this man of faith like he claims he should know this. They don't see "criminals" as humans with problems. They see them as threats to society. The last time I checked a drug addict is NOT A THREAT TO SOCIETY being that they are REHABILITATED. Yes some people are just bad people while others are good people who suffer from addiction. Being an addict myself I have been in Recovery for a year now without a drop of alcohol or a single drug in my body. I NO LONGER DO CRIMINAL ACTIVITIES. That way of life is NON EXISTANT. My probation officer asks me to help with her clients. She has seen the change and I sponsor women she has difficulty with. Back to St. Slamanny...there has to be something done with their "judicial system" it is not fair for their residents to live in fear of the police, criminal or not. The police and the DA are supposed to be people to help us, not condemn us because we are not one of "them" or someone with money or family and friends. The conditions in jail are so poor and unjust. Women get treated the worst. I pray for the families and inmates that they will see the light of the deep dark tunnel St. Tammany has put them in. God Bless y'all.

  15. http://portopoty.com/ Tue, Jun 25 2013 3:24 PM

    I moved to the Mississippi coast about a year and a half ago. Ever since, it has become increasingly clear that St. Tammany Parish more resembles a third-world police state than anyplace in America. I'd encourage anyone and everyone sick and tired of the abuses committed by the St. Tammany Sheriff's office, the Covington and Mandeville police departments to leave that hell hole and move someplace where you're appreciated by your community.

  16. FTMom Fri, Jun 28 2013 10:16 AM

    Seriously, by reading some of these illiterate posts, I can see how a lack of education has a trickle-down effect on some of these criminals. That being said, the conditions are poor so that people will not want to continue to commit crimes and go back to jail. You give up your rights when you commit a crime. Drug addicts are a threat to society. They make poor decisions that affect others at the very least. Sadly, sometimes those others are their own children and families. Why do you people post on here trying to defend people who have done wrong? How do you think they got there? By parents who have enabled them and made excuses for them. That's all I see on here...more of the same. Make them be accountable for their actions then maybe they will change.

  17. A Child of God !! Sat, Jul 06 2013 10:58 PM

    Oh my gosh...I have heard from my sons girlfriend that St Tammany is literally a hell hole, for any reason a person is in there. Also, innocent people are falsely narked on and they believe these criminals and give the innocent that is really trying there best to get out of there. When an inmate finds out one is getting close to being released they cause trouble for that person because they have no remorse because they are in there for years. Really, how fair is that. And for the record I also heard that LA has a very strict discrimination issue when it comes to the white race. They all are humans, and not animals.If the tables was turned and it was one of you employers in there, just imagine how you would feel !! But one thing for sure, we all will be judged someday by God above, and that means YOU and YOU and YOU !!! I think you get my drift. And God sees how all these inmates are being treated and God never forgets !!! Laugh if you want, but it's so true. Remember we all have to die someday, and that means YOU and YOU and YOU !!!! For Gods sake at least get all these inmates help with health issues, the Godly thing to do. And what ever color or race we are, God loves us all. Again, we ALL will bow our knees to the Lord above whether good or bad. Are you people any better than anyone else ? I think not. Have a Blessed day and may God be with you all !!!! A very concerned mother, who loves her son so much and praying to God to watch over him and keep him safe and from harm from such as yourselfs. If I were a lot of you I would really be ashamed of myself for the way you run that so called jail. God have mercy !!!!

  18. smitty Tue, Oct 01 2013 8:15 PM

    do the crime stop crying do the time

  19. scott mick Thu, Nov 21 2013 2:05 AM

    i was arrested feb. 20th. 04 and sat 28 days in the holding cells. the next day me and 3 others plus the new inmate being delivered to the jail were involved in an accident,IN THE JAIL GARAGE!.shoved back in the back and left to suffer from our injures without treatment.chicken shit lawyers scared to face those bitches. hows that for st.tammany's finest?

  20. DOC 2562442547 Sun, Apr 27 2014 2:01 PM

    mail cert.letters to the gov. office state only the facts of conditions at said jail, don't send names of inmates only the facts of conditions start a phone tree with others who care. every concern all call with callback #s also most states the grand jury inspects the jail one of there duties to complete. prepare letters of conditions only facts address juror #1 -juror # 18 if dates are known be there and hand to jurors also tv interviews state only the conditions and concerns speaker should stick to conditions also be able to speak proper. no one should be treated inhumanely there are ways to change the system be firm in your efforts don't let up or back down learn your rights also law enforcement took an oath of office its your protection oath said all laws includes inhumane treatment, cruel & inhumane punishment pass it on to all set your differences aside work together for a common goal of respect for the accused,one person can change a lot many persons change more, public outcry works,peaceful protest works dont waste time here nothing but cops that think they know the law till they get into trouble there employer will drop them like a hot tator lmao evertime , court watchers .com has forms to download get involved before its to late.

  21. Jennifer Sat, Jun 21 2014 4:18 AM

    If an inmate has money on their books, can I come to the jail and have the inmate sign something releasing some of the money to me. I dont live in La and need to know this before i travel out of state for no reason. Thanks

  22. Deborah Hall Thu, Jul 31 2014 10:03 AM

    I don't live in LA, but I am asking for St Tammany Parish residents to help. Please notify your local and state health departments, and don't stop calling until you see proof-of-action, on local TV news, and newspapers. The seriousness of Staph infections, running rampant in the jail, is nothing to be ignored. Medical treatment for inmates, and a thorough sanitizing of this facility are a must,before the first amputation or death, occur. Staph is nothing to play with and if the deputies think they cannot contract staph by simply touching door-frames, etc. (not to mention these security-people seem to feel obliged to man-handle the weakest inmates), they are sadly mistaken. If an inmate with a Staph infection is released, he will take this easily spread disease to his family, or an officer can easily take this infection to the weakest member of his/her family, and not be aware they are infecting them. The threat of Staph spreading is something your health department will investigate, but they must hear it from the local public. You know the sheriff is not going to report it, regardless of the fact that this is his moral and legal obligation, to the public.

  23. KELLY R Tue, Sep 15 2015 7:13 PM

    So, this institution crams 15-20 people in a holding cell. Is that not a fire hazard or code violation? How about the fact that these people kept in a holding cell for long periods of time, have to sleep on the floor with the roaches because its so crowded. Is that a health code violation, or how about cruel amd unusual punishment? Too bad for them.. I am excellent at making a big stink. This isn't a Mexican prison, so why are American's sleeping with roaches?? Oh you just wait.... !!!!!!!!

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