Orleans Parish Justice Center (OJC)

County Jail

Last Updated: July 09, 2024
2800 Perdido St, New Orleans, LA 70119
Orleans Parish

Orleans Justice Center is for County Jail offenders sentenced up to twenty four months.

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You can support your loved ones at Orleans Justice Center on InmateAid, if you have any immediate questions contact the facility directly at 504-202-9339 .

When someone you care about gets arrested, it can be overwhelming. This webpage aims to ease your concerns by providing information about Orleans Parish Justice Center (OJC). From visitation guidelines to contacting jail staff, we're here to support you as you navigate this challenging time. Take a look around and let us help you understand how to best support your family member or friend in custody.

The Orleans Justice Center, located at 2800 Perdido St in New Orleans, LA, is a secure detention center operated by the Orleans Parish County Sheriff's Office. This facility primarily houses individuals awaiting trial or sentencing, typically for less than two years. It accepts inmates from various jurisdictions, including surrounding towns, municipalities, the US Marshal's Service, and the New Orleans Police Department.

New detainees are regularly admitted to the jail, with some being released on bail or placed under pretrial services caseloads. Others await their court appearances at the facility, receiving necessary accommodations such as bedding and meals. View all arrest records here.

Individuals who do not post bail within the first twenty-four hours are required to appear before a judge. During this first appearance, conducted either in person or via telephone, the judge informs the arrested person of the charges against them and sets the bond amount.

Following the intake process, which includes property inventory, medical screening, and booking, inmates are assigned to the general population. Housing assignments are based on the classification of their charges, whether felony or misdemeanor, to ensure proper management and safety within the facility.

After processing, inmates are assigned to a housing area based on classification. Compliance with jail rules typically results in a lower classification and more privileges, while rule violations or additional charges lead to a higher classification and fewer privileges. Inmates serving as trustees within the jail undertake various tasks, including cooking, laundry, and commissary management, often receiving minimal compensation or sentence reduction for their services.

The jail is designed with "pods," featuring a large common area with affixed tables and attached seats, and individual cells typically on two levels. Inmates spend certain times in their cells and other times congregating in the pod for activities like playing cards, games, reading, or watching television. Movement outside the pod, such as trips to the commissary, library, or recreation area, occurs under the constant supervision of unarmed correctional officers. The environment in the county jail is considered less stressful than that of a prison because the sentences are much shorter.

The jail offers a phone program for outbound calls only, with inmates unable to receive incoming calls. Accepting collect calls can be expensive, sometimes exceeding $10 per call. Alternatively, setting up an account through a third-party phone company may entail high fees per minute of usage. Click here for discounts on inmate calls, especially if the communication with your inmate is frequent. It's important to remember that all phone calls are recorded, and discussing sensitive legal matters over these lines is discouraged.

Books and magazines ordered for inmates must come directly from the publisher. This policy ensures that the items are new, untampered, and comply with the facility's regulations. The Jail enforces this rule to prevent the introduction of contraband or prohibited materials. By restricting orders to publishers, the facility can better maintain security and control over the content entering the institution. Any books or magazines not received directly from the publisher will be rejected and not delivered to the inmate. You may, however, send letters and selfies to inmates with this easy-to-use app, packages starting at only $8.00.

Inmate workers are chosen based on conduct and cooperation with staff. Participation in the community service program can sometimes reduce sentences. Commissary is available weekly, with orders submitted via kiosk two days in advance. On holidays, there may be increased spending limits. Upon receiving commissary items, inmates must present their ID, check their order, and sign for it in the presence of the commissary employee. Indigent inmates are provided with all essential basic hygiene items including USPS stamps and writing materials.

Inmate Locator

To utilize the Inmate Search page on InmateAid, begin by selecting the relevant prison facility in Louisiana. This allows you to view the current list of inmates housed at Orleans Parish Justice Center (OJC).

The second section features the InmateAid Inmate Search tool, providing a user-generated database of inmates. You can access this resource to utilize any of InmateAid's services. If you require assistance in creating an inmate profile to maintain communication, please contact us at aid@inmateaid.com, and we'll gladly help you locate your loved one.

As a last resort, you might have to pay for that information if we do not have it. The Arrest Record Search will cost you a small amount, but their data is the freshest available and for that reason, they charge to access it.

Visitation Information

Orleans Parish Justice Center (OJC) - Visitation

Visitor Registration Form

In Order to Proceed to the Registration Form, All Visitors are Required to Read and Accept the following Visitation Rules:

General - Visitors may visit only once per week and only once on the day of visitation

Dress Code:

  • The wearing of suggestive, revealing or otherwise inappropriate attire is strictly prohibited.
  • The wearing of clothing that potentially or partially conceals the identity of a person is strictly prohibited.

Prohibited attire includes:

  • Halter tops, half shirts and or tube tops.
  • See-thru (transparent) or spaghetti strap type garments.
  • Skirts, pants, or shorts above mid-thigh (hem length).
  • Tight fitting clothing that reveals body contour.
  • Clothing that exposes the midriff area, significant portions of the torso or shoulders, extremely low cut shirts of any type.
  • Torn/ripped clothing that exposes underwear or private areas of the body. Articles of underwear shall not be visible at anytime.
  • Tight fitting Spandex clothing of any type (i.e. shirts, pants, jogging attire).
  • Headwear of any type (i.e. caps, hats, hoodies).
  • Any other clothing that is otherwise clearly inappropriate as determined by OPSO staff.

Metal Detector:

All visitors and their possessions entering OPSO will be screened for contraband. Failure to successfully clear the metal detector or fulfill any other screening requirement will constitute grounds for being denied a visit or entrance into the facility. Inmate, visitor, community, and staff safety are the primary reasons for the search process.

General Visiting Regulations:

  • Inmates are allowed up to three visitors with active status on their visitation list.
  • Parents must keep their children with them at all times. Parents who are unwilling or unable to control their children will be asked to leave. There will be no exceptions.
  • NO cameras, video equipment, or cell phones are allowed past the metal detectors or in the visiting room.
  • No food or drink may be brought into the facility, other than a bottle for a small child.
  • OPSO is a non-smoking facility. Tobacco products, matches, and lighters are not allowed past the metal detectors or in the visiting room.
  • Valid, unexpired photo I.D. is required.
  • The dress code requirements must be met by all visitors at all times.
  • No one who appears to be intoxicated or under the influence of drugs will be allowed to visit or enter the facility lobby.
  • Use of obscene language or disorderly behavior as determined by OPSO staff members will not be permitted..

Adhere To Visiting Regulations:

Visitors are expected to adhere to all visiting regulations established by the institution. Any violation of visiting regulations or act which jeopardizes the safe and orderly operation of the facility may result in the denial of current and future visiting privileges and/or criminal prosecution. A visitor’s visiting privileges may be suspended for a designated or indefinite period of time at the discretion of the Warden or designee. Upon expiration of the suspension, the visitor may reapply for visiting privileges in writing to the Warden.

Denial/Suspension Of Visiting Privileges:

If one or more of the following conditions exists it may serve as grounds to suspend/deny visiting privileges:

  • The visitor has a record of disruptive conduct, or violates institutional visiting policies.
  • The visitor is under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
  • The visitor refuses to submit to a search, to show proper identification upon request, or presents inaccurate information concerning his/her identification, or grounds for visiting.
  • The visitor fails to comply with dress code regulations.
  • The visit is determined to be detrimental to the inmate’s rehabilitation.
  • The visitor is a former inmate and has not been released from custody for at least 60 days or is currently on probation or parole and does not have approval of the Warden to visit.
  • Individuals seeking an exception to this policy must submit a written request to the Warden or designee. Each request will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis and approved or disapproved accordingly.
  • The visitor is a present or former employee who has not received official authorization to visit an inmate from the Warden prior to the time of the visit.
  • The inmate wished to deny the visit.
  • The visitor fails to follow directions from staff.

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