Correctional officer on administrative leave following incident in St. Gabriel

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BATON ROUGE, La (BRPROUD) –  A joint Elayn Hunt Correctional Center-Iberville Parish Sheriff’s investigation has revealed that a prison correctional officer violated a department policy.

 Juan Harris, a 49-year-old Lieutenant, has been booked with aggravated battery after not the following protocol with the use of a chemical agent on an inmate. According to the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections, the incident happened in August at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel, La.

Photo courtesy of Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections.

Harris has been employed at the prison since October 3, 2011, and is on administrative leave. Harris is pending the outcome of the department’s disciplinary policy.

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