The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) will meet with employees from C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center (PCC) throughout the week to inform employees of employment options available to them. The department announced last week that the PCC offender population would be consolidated to other state correctional facilities by November of this year.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections (DPS&C) will meet with employees from C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center (PCC) throughout the week to inform employees of employment options available to them. The department announced last week that the PCC offender population would be consolidated to other state correctional facilities by November of this year.
Full-time PCC employees will be given the right of first refusal to the 92 positions being transferred to other state correctional facilities as a result of the consolidation. Human resources staff from DPS&C headquarters will be on site through Saturday to explain the procedures and deadlines for applying for those positions, as well as any other vacant positions at correctional facilities and probation and parole districts.
In addition, HR staff will have information available on retirement options (for those eligible) and annual and compensatory leave (K-time) payouts that employees may be entitled to.  
The Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC) is mobilizing its Rapid Response team to assist PCC employees as well. LWC’s Rapid Response program provides on-site services including skills assessments, information on occupations in demand in the area, job counseling and assistance with job placements.
Friday’s session is scheduled for 10 a.m. and Saturday’s session will be held at 9 a.m. All sessions will be held at C. Paul Phelps Correctional Center.
DPS&C Secretary James LeBlanc has also spoken to the sheriffs of Calcasieu and Beauregard parishes and both have agreed to give PCC employees consideration for positions as they become open.
DPS&C and LWC are hosting a job fair for PCC employees from 1-5 p.m. on Sept. 26 in the PCC Visitation Building. Several area employers are scheduled to attend, including the U.S. Bureau of Prisons, the Lake Charles Police Department and Polaris Construction.
Secretary LeBlanc, along with other local and state officials who met Wednesday in Baton Rouge, will work together to explore potential private use of the facility.