Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

The Elayn Hunt Correctional Center is a multi-security level prison for adult male inmates that is located in St. Gabriel, Louisiana. It is the second-largest prison in the state of Louisiana, and it is located about 70 miles northwest of New Orleans.

This facility features the Hunt Reception and Diagnostic Center, which means that all male inmates who enter the Louisiana DOC system begin their incarceration at Elayn Hunt. There is also a prison cemetery at Elayn Hunt, and some state prisoners who went unclaimed by family are buried there. 

It is the mission of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center (EHCC) to provide a controlled correctional environment in a professional manner so as to protect the safety of the general public, the surrounding community, the staff, and the offender population. 

Each offender is provided basic services relating to adequate food, clothing, healthcare, and shelter. EHCC provides an assortment of assessment, diagnostic, work, educational, self-help, discipline, medical, mental health, and social programs in an environment that fosters respect for both offenders and personnel. 

Offenders are also provided an opportunity to make restitution and to participate in reentry initiatives as a mechanism to compensate individuals and communities harmed by crime.

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Visiting Hours and Rules

For the first thirty days after an offender enters EHCC, identifiable immediate family members (i.e. the offender’s parents, legal spouse, grandparents, siblings, and children of the offender) will be allowed to visit, but they must be scheduled in advance by the inmate.

Offenders assigned to EHCC must submit their requests for special visits in writing to the appropriate Unit Manager. The requests must be received no later than the Tuesday preceding the weekend of the desired visit. These requests must be made by the offender and not the offender’s family members. 

After thirty days, all visitors must be on an approved visiting list to continue to visit. These individuals can be officially added to the visiting list after they return the questionnaires, which are sent by the offender. However, visiting privileges for these individuals will end if they do not mail the completed questionnaires to EHCC within thirty days from offender’s reception to EHCC. 

General Visiting Rules

It is the policy of Elayn Hunt Correctional Center to provide offenders the opportunity to visit with all persons on their approved visitor’s list. The number of visitors an offender may receive and the length of visits may be limited to institution’s schedule, space, personnel constraints, or when there are substantial reasons to justify such limitations.

Dress Code

Visitors must be properly dressed. The following clothing is not permitted in the visiting room:

  • Cut-off pants
  • Halter tops, tank tops, and sleeveless shirts of any type
  • Low-cut articles of clothing exposing the upper torso
  • See-through clothing
  • Mini skirts
  • Blue chambray shirts
  • Blue jean overalls
  • Gray or white sweatshirts
  • Camouflage clothing
  • T-shirts. A T-shirt is defined as a shirt without a collar or buttons. There is an exception for visitors under the age of 15, but the T-shirts must not be revealing or contain logos which are sexual or racial.

Female visitors may wear culottes and skorts, however, they must be no shorter than one- inch above the knee. No form of seductive garment shall be allowed, and appropriate undergarments (bra and panties) must be worn. If a dress is “see-through” a slip must be worn.

Male and female visitors will be allowed to wear blue jeans and shorts. All shorts must be hemmed and must be no shorter than one-inch above the knee.

What can you bring to a visit?

Visitors are allowed to bring only the following items into the Visiting Room:

  • Vehicle keys
  • Picture identification
  • Cash money for vending machines or ticket machines
  • One credit/debit card for use in JPAY kiosk machine

Visitors wishing to place money in an offender’s account at the time of the visit can only do so through the JPAY kiosk machine located in the Visitor Processing Office.

Emergency medications such as nitroglycerin must be left with the Visiting Desk Officer during visiting. All other items must be locked in the visitor’s vehicle.

Physical Address

Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
6925 Highway 74
St. Gabriel, LA 70776

Driving Directions: https://goo.gl/maps/sGvJY2qPoKF4B5Y36

General Phone Number

​(225) 642-3306

Inmate Mailing Address(es)

Inmate Name and DOC Number
Elayn Hunt Correctional Center
P.O. Box 174
St. Gabriel, LA 70776

The Canteen Package Program gives family and friends an opportunity to order pre-approved food and hygiene products and personal property items for their loved ones incarcerated at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center. Click here for more information or to place an order.

How to Call an Inmate

You can’t call an inmate at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, but they do have access to a phone during assigned times and are allowed to make monitored outgoing calls. For complete details on how to call an inmate in Louisiana, please click here.

How to Send Money

You can send money to an inmate at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in the following ways:

Walk-up Locations for MoneyGram

MoneyGram is located in Walmart and CVS Pharmacy locations. It is also available in other places that display the MoneyGram logo. 

Family and friends provide the MoneyGram office with cash only, along with the offender’s information and MoneyGram will electronically submit the payment to the receiving company/destination for a fee.


Go online to www.JPay.com and send funds using only Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards. There are fees associated with the internet transactions.

Lobby Kiosks

Kiosks are located in all state correctional facility visiting areas. Family and friends can provide funds to the offenders by credit/debit card or cash. Cash deposited in Lobby Kiosks have a per transaction fee of $4.00 for deposits up to $500.00. 

Money order

There is no charge for sending money orders via mail. JPay requires a JPay deposit slip to accompany the money order. 

Money orders must be sent with a deposit form to the following address (not the institution):

P.O. Box 531370
Miami Shores, FL 33153

Download an English money order deposit form here.
Download a Spanish money order deposit form here.


Family and friends may call 1-800-574-5729 and transfer funds using only Visa and MasterCard credit/debit cards. There are fees associated with telephone transactions.

​Programs For ​Inmates

Educational Programming

EHCC offers a wide range of job opportunities to its offender population; jobs that not only serve the institution, the Department of Corrections (DPS&C), and the surrounding community, but the offenders as well by instilling a work ethic and, in many cases, offering job skills for the future.

Generally, all able-bodied offenders are required to work in the field operation before becoming eligible for other work. Included in the job pool at EHCC are the kitchens, the chemical plant, and numerous community work crews.

There are several educational programs at EHCC. Academically, there is a literacy program, a basic adult education course designed to improve reading and mathematics skills, a High School Equivalency (HSE) preparatory course designed to enable an offender an opportunity to take the HiSET test, and a special needs program designed to prepare those who do not have sufficient academic training to enter into a vocational education program.

Baton Rouge Community College programs are available in welding, carpentry, and air conditioning and refrigeration. Additionally, EHCC offers ServSafe and Job-Life Skills training. 

Qualifying offenders can also earn certifications such as National Center for Construction Education and Research — NCCER Module Credits, HVAC/EPA Certification for A/C technicians, OPEESA Small Engine Technician Certification, and OSHA General Industry Certification.

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Careers at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center

If you are interested in a career with the Louisiana Department of Corrections at the Elayn Hunt Correctional Center, you can click here for more information.