June 13, 2019

Washington Parish Jail Inmates Renovate Their Transportation Vehicle

Concerned with the ongoing problem of inmate transport security, Washington Parish Sheriff Randy Seal was able to negotiate the purchase a 2003 Ford F-450 transport bus with a platform lift that can be utilized for transporting inmates with physical disabilities. The diesel bus, with only 47,000 miles, was purchased for $7,500. The bus was in good mechanical condition, but needed some body work.

The bus was transported to the rear yard of the Washington Parish Jail where jail trustees, under the supervision of jail staff, rehabilitated the exterior of the bus and transformed the interior to a secure vehicle for inmate transports. A radio, emergency lights and identification striping were added to fully equip the bus for secure inmate transport.

The bus saw its first use on June 10th, transporting inmates to the courthouse across the street. This eliminated the security issue of walking groups of inmates across busy Main Street and past members of the public. The bus also can be utilized for longer distance transports and for any inmate with a physical disability.

“Secure inmate transportation has been a problem for many years since the jail was relocated from Pearl Street to its current location in the early 1980s,” stated Sheriff Randy Seal. “We were finally able to locate this bus at a car dealership in north Louisiana and have been able to use inmate labor to transform it into a first class transport vehicle. I commend our jail staff for taking on this project and doing an excellent job supervising the renovation. This is a valuable addition to our fleet and one which will provide more security for the general public and for inmates being transported.”

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