How to Connect With an Inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary

Connect With an Inmate How to Connect With an Inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary

How to Connect With an Inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary

Louisiana State Penitentiary is the largest maximum-security prison farm in the United States. With over 6,300 inmates, the prison has earned the nickname, ' a gated community.'  In addition, the 18,000 acres of land where the prison sits was previously a farm that had many working African slaves from Angola. Therefore, the prison is also referred to as The Angola Plantation, Angola, or the Farm.

The facility houses both males and females and is managed by the Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections. Established in 1901, the facility has continued to be self-sufficient by cultivating its food and products.

Locating an inmate in the facility is not an easy task. However, DoNotPay provides you with an uncomplicated method to help you connect with an inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary.

Where is Louisiana State Penitentiary Located?

The prison is in West Feliciana Parish, between oxbow lakes on the Mississippi River's east side. Louisiana State Penitentiary sits at the end of Louisiana highway, Northwest of St. Francisville. To engage with an inmate at the facility, you can use mails, phone, fax, or physical visits.

The table below shows the contact information for the facility.

Physical AddressLouisiana State Penitentiary

17544 Tunica Trace

Angola, LA 70712

Phone Number+1 ​(225)-655-4411
WebsiteLouisiana State Penitentiary
Fax(225) 655-4411
General EmailN/A

How Can I Contact an Inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary?

There are three main ways that you can use to contact an inmate at the facility.

Visit an Inmate at the Facility

Inquire from the inmate if you are on the approved list of visitors before visiting the prison. Visiting days are from Friday to Sunday, from 6:00 am to 4:15 pm. However, if a month has five Sundays, you'll only be allowed to visit an inmate on the last Friday preceding the fifth Sunday. 

All visitors above the age of 15 will be required to submit a picture Identification Card (ID). They include:

  • State-issued driver's license
  • State-issued ID
  • School ID (high school, college, or university)
  • Military or law enforcement ID
  • Passport

Visitors without a means of transport to the facility are picked and must arrive at the designated stopovers before 2:00 pm. Those with their own means of transport are thoroughly searched on arrival at the facility for contraband and other prohibited items. In addition, the visitors' areas are designed to create a family atmosphere; therefore, you're expected to behave and dress accordingly.

Contact an Inmate via Telephone

Inmates at the facility have access to a phone during assigned times. However, the calls are closely monitored. All inmates making outgoing calls should use Securus Technology as it's the recognized telephone service provider in the institution.

You should register with Securus Technology to use their services. There are three account options you can choose from. These are:

  1. AdvancedConnect - The prepaid calling account allows you to receive collect calls from an inmate. The charges get automatically deducted from the prepaid account. You will continue to receive collect calls as long as the account has funds.
  2. Direct Bill - Securus Correctional Billing Services (SCBS) directly bills you every month after receiving collect calls. To ensure that you continue communicating with an inmate, pay the bill on time.
  3. Inmate Debit - The inmate funds their account and can call anyone on their approved call list. After requesting the commissary, funds are transferred to the inmate's account from the facility trust.

Send a Letter to an Inmate

Sending mails to an inmate can lift their spirits. However, because a third party reads the letter's contents for security purposes, you're advised to share general information about each other's lives.

The facility has strict rules regarding sending letters at Louisiana State Penitentiary. When sending a letter, ensure that the letter meets the following:

  • Includes the inmate's full name and DOC number
  • Less than 15 pages
  • Has no aromatic fragrance
  • Well-written with easy to understand statements
  • Written using a pencil or pen
  • Doesn't have any drawings like maps or shapes
  • Doesn't have staples, lipstick markings, pins, or glitters

The facility has a lot of inmates; therefore, ensure to include a return address in case your letter is not received. Use the following format to ensure that your letter reaches the intended individual.

Inmate Name and DOC Number

Louisiana State Penitentiary

General Delivery

Angola, LA 70712

How to Send Money to a Louisiana State Penitentiary Inmate

An inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary can receive money from their loved ones using the following ways:

Via Telephone

Transfer funds into an inmate's account using Visa and MasterCard credit or debit cards by calling +1-800-574-5729. However, there are fees associated with phone transactions.

Through Money Order

Sending money through the money order accrues no charges. Fill in the JPAY Money order deposit form and send it to the following address (not the institution):


P.O. Box 531370

Miami Shores, FL 33153

At Kiosks

Louisiana State Penitentiary visiting areas have kiosks that you can use to deposit funds to an inmate. You can use a credit or debit card or cash. For deposits up to $500, you incur a transactional fee of $4.


You can deposit money through JPAY. Download the app from Play Store or App Store, or visit their website to register. However, there are fees associated with internet transactions.

Through MoneyGram

You can find MoneyGram offices in any Walmart, CVS Pharmacy locations, and any other place with the MoneyGram logo on display. Visit a MoneyGram office with cash only, along with the inmate's information, and MoneyGram will submit the payment to an inmate's account at a fee.

Can I Send Packages to an Inmate at Louisiana State Penitentiary?

The Canteen Package Program allows you to order pre-approved food, hygiene products, and personal property items for inmates at Louisiana State Penitentiary. Every inmate is allowed up to two packages per month with a combined weight not exceeding 35 pounds. Food items must be hermetically sealed and should contain no alcohol.

What Difficulties Can You Encounter When Trying to Contact a Loved One in Louisiana State Penitentiary?

Your monthly phone bills can increase after receiving collect calls from an inmate, especially if you live outside Louisiana. In addition, you may be unable to get in touch with an inmate on time because resources in the facility are shared.

How to Get in Touch With Your Locked-Up Loved Ones With the Help of DoNotPay

Louisiana State Penitentiary is a large facility that houses more than 6,000 inmates. Trying to contact a loved one can be a hectic task. DoNotPay can help you contact your loved one with the following simple steps:

  1. Locate the Connect With an Inmate service on DoNotPay.


  2. Choose whether you want to locate a loved one, create a virtual mailbox, or send a personalized letter.


  3. If you want us to find your loved one, provide their details and the state they are located in. We'll then conduct a search on the appropriate state database.


  4. If you want to create a virtual mailbox, just provide your full name! We'll set one up for you so you can easily receive incoming mail from your loved one.


  5. If sending a personalized letter, tell us which facility your loved one is located in and what you would like to say to them. You can even include a photo! Your letter will be delivered automatically - just wait 10 days for it to arrive to your loved one!


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