Thursday, September 17, the Washington Parish Jail staff conducted a thorough search of all inmate housing units to discover and remove contraband from the jail. Officers and canine teams from Rayburn Correctional Center assisted in the search. WPSO Warden Jim Miller organized the search and directed the efforts of the officers during the morning long maneuver.
Several items of contraband were discovered and removed from the inmate living areas, including small shanks (home-made knives), hoarded medication and a cell phone. No illegal drugs were found. The entire search effort was conducted without incident.
Chief Deputy Mike Haley commented, “I’ve been involved in corrections and have worked with jails throughout the country. Every jail and prison has contraband of some form or the other. The fact that so little was discovered today is a credit to the fine job Warden Miller and his staff are doing in operating the jail. They stay on top of things and run a legal and no-nonsense operation. A good comparison of the effectiveness of the jail staff is seen in the amount of contraband discovered during the first massive shakedown conducted the first day Sheriff Seal took office in 2012. At that time, three cell phones, weapons and illegal drugs were seized from the inmates. That was a clear wake up call to the inmates that Sheriff Seal was taking back the jail and would operate it in a professional manner.”
Sheriff Randy Seal also spoke about the search. “Our jail staff does an amazing job and I can’t brag on them enough. We operate our jail on sound legal principles and do all the law requires for the inmate population, yet I am always amazed at some of the things inmates do. These folks don’t follow the law on the street and they don’t follow rules in the jail. They have a mindset that continues to place them at odds with the law abiding citizens of our parish. As long as they continue to act the way they do, we will continue to arrest them and put them in jail. That’s not a threat. It is a promise.”
“Once again,” Sheriff Seal continued, “Warden McCain and his staff from Rayburn Correctional Center were on hand to help us. It doesn’t matter what the issue might be, the excellent officers from RCC are always ready to do whatever we ask them to do. I can’t thank them enough. They are such an asset to our parish.”