St. Tammany Parish Jail was completed in 1985. At that time
the Jail housed 330 inmates, 120 were in maximum security,
20 in medium security, 120 in minimum security dorms, 50 in
inmate worker dorms, and 20 females could be held in the female
In order to provide a larger and more secure facility to meet
the needs of our expanding community, Sheriff Strain came
to the residents of St. Tammany Parish and asked for a sales
tax dedicated to building and operating an expanded and more
modern jail. The proposal was overwhelmingly approved and
on January 14, 1999 ground was broken on the new facility.
Construction has progressed well.
project consists of the renovation of the existing jail and
the addition of a new processing building for intake and booking,
two minimum/medium security dormitories, and a physical plant
building to house the mechanical and electrical equipment
needed to support the facility. The new administrative offices
are being utilized by employees, as well as, the intake area,
booking and dormitories.
new Jail was opened in February of 2001. Currently, the jail
houses 872 inmates with holding for 80 males, 26 females and
20 juveniles. 120 beds will be added to total 992. The total
number of jail employees will be 207 at full operation. These
employees hold positions such as corrections officers, clerks,
administrative and maintenance personnel, transporters, and
community project officers. It is the responsibility of these
officers to protect our community by securely holding people
that have been determined by the court to pose a threat to
public safety. In addition, these officers must provide a
safe and sanitary place of detention for all persons committed
to the St. Tammany Parish Jail.