Inmates Accused Of Having Marijuana In Jail


LaSalle Southwest Corrections
Richwood Correctional Center is not a place you want to be, but it’s better with weed than without it.

​Two jail inmates were arrested Monday at Richwood Correctional Center in Richwood, Louisiana, and charged with possession of contraband in a penal institution and simple possession of marijuana.

According to the Richwood Police Department, a correctional officer saw Chase Courville, 23, and Marcus Bruton, 26, make a “transaction” under a table in the jail, reports The News Star of Monroe, Louisiana.
When officers seized the substance, it tested positive as marijuana.


​The two were taken to Ouachita Correctional Center and booked. (Wouldn’t it have been simpler to just leave them in the jail they were already in?)
Richwood Correctional Center, incidentally, is one of those privately managed correctional facilities run for profit by a corporation, LaSalle Southwest Corrections. LaSalle manages 12 correctional facilities in Louisiana and Texas with a total inmate capacity of more than 8,000, according to the company’s website.
“We pursue opportunities throughout the United States,” says the company, which cages people for profit.
Back in February, Richwood Police arrested a Texas woman on charges of intent to bring contraband into the same facility, Richwood Correctional Center.
Twenty-year-old Kyera Elizabeth Rowe of Kingwood, Texas, was arrested after jail officials found a bag of suspected marijuana in her coat pocket. Officials said she was visiting an inmate at the center.
Rowe, too, was booked into the Ouachita Correctional Center.