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Dec 15, 2009 12:40 PM by Rob Kirkpatrick

District Judge Dismisses Civil Suit Against Work Release Center

LAFAYETTE, La. (AP) - A district judge on Monday dismissed the
state's civil suit against a private work release center seeking
reimbursement of money earned by inmates that allegedly went
missing.
The state Department of Public Safety and Corrections filed suit
earlier this year against the Lafayette Community Correctional
Center seeking $233,184 in missing money plus interest, collection
costs and attorney fees.
The suit stemmed from an audit last year that revealed a deficit
in accounts that held money owed to the inmates upon their release
from the facility.
The state responded by removing 50 inmates from the facility in
February 2008. The state also reimbursed the inmates.
The civil suit was filed in March 2009, more than a year after
the allegations were first raised.
Anne Thibodeaux, a defendant in the suit, filed a motion seeking
peremptory exception of prescription, claiming that the time limits
to file suit had expired.
State District Judge Edward D. Rubin granted the motion Monday,
effectively dismissing the suit.
Laura Gerdes, spokeswoman for the state Attorney General's
Office, said that the office did not receive information on the
case until February 2009 and filed suit shortly afterward.
Also, Pam Laborde, communications director for the state
Department of Public Safety and Corrections, said she was unaware
of the outcome and could not comment without knowing more.
Prior to the allegations, LCCC had held a contract with the
state for more than 20 years.

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