DONALDSONVILLE, La. (BRPROUD) — Ascension Parish Government is transferring the operation and maintenance of the jail to the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Parts of the Ascension Parish Jail currently housing inmates are in poor condition. Ascension Parish Sheriff Bobby Webre said that is about to change.

“The Ascension Parish Jail is actually three jails in one. The first part of that jail was built in 1975,” said Sherriff Webre.

The jail houses about 500 inmates in Donaldsonville. Webre served as warden for 16 years before becoming sheriff. He said there’s a list of things that needs to be done.

“Wastewater treatment plans, plumbing issues, electrical issues, roofing and ceilings issues, air and heat issues,” he said. “Not all of it needs to be repaired, but a portion that were built in 1975. It has a few years on it. So we know there’s things we know have to be replaced there. A lot of the electrical components needs to be changed out.” 

“Working with the Sheriff’s department is another example of how government can truly serve the people it represents. The Parish had been maintaining the jail facility, but we recognized not only the need for action but also the opportunity to work with our fellow agency,” said Parish President Clint Cointment. “Being President of this great parish is a responsibility I do not take lightly. Any time I can identify situations that we can come together on to achieve greater results and efficiency, I am eager to make those choices.”

Webre said improving maintenance is not just for the inmates but for the dozens of employees who work at the facility.

“They’re there every day. They’re there 24/7 so they know the priorities of that jail. They know what areas need to be maintained,” said Webre.

Sheriff Webre said one of his main goals is to refurbish the older parts of the jail and consider rebuilding, if necessary.