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the annual receipts and expenditures of said asylum; a statement of the number and sex of the insane persons in the asylum; of the number and sexes of those admitted; and of those deceased during the preceding biennial period.
3453. [Sec. 7.] The Board shall elect a Treasurer for a period of four years, who shall be ex officio Secretary, and who shall not be a member of the Board, and who shall give bond and security for the faithful performance of his duty, to be approved by the majority of said Board. It shall be his duty to collect all debts due to said asylum; to receive quarterly, upon the warrant of the President, whatever appropriations may be made by the State for its benefit; to take care of and keep an exact account of the property, credit and revenues, and to make all necessary payments under such rules and regulations and restrictions as may be established by the Board. He shall receive such salary as may be fixed by the Board.
3454. [Sec. 10.] If any person shall, without permission, enter any of the buildings or inclosure appropriated to the use of the patients, or shall make any attempt to do so, or shall enter anywhere upon the premises belonging to said asylum, and commit or attempt to commit any trespass or depredation thereon, or if he shall either from within or without the inclosure, annoy or disturb the quiet of any patient confined therein, upon conviction thereof before any justice of the peace of the parish of Rapides, he shall be condemned to pay a fine of not less than five (5) nor more than one hundred dollars ($100), for the use of said asylum, subject to appeal to the District Court as in other cases. And the District Court shall have concurrent jurisdiction over the offending party, and in pronouncing judgment may impose a fine and imprisonment in the parish jail for a term not less than ten (10) nor more than thirty (30) days, or both, at the discretion of the court.
3455. [Sec. 11.] If any person shall abduct or seduce any patient to elope or escape from said asylum, or shall attempt to do so, or shall aid or assist therein, every such person shall, upon conviction thereof, be condemned to pay a fine of not less
than fifty dollars ($50) nor more than five hundred dollars ($500), for the use of said asylum, and at the discretion of the court be imprisoned in the parish jail not less than one (1) month nor more than six (6) months, or both, at the discretion of the court.
3456. [Sec. 12.] In all contracts for work to be let out by the Board of Administrators, the said Board shall cause specifications of the work to be done, and shall advertise for sealed proposals for such work for one (1) month previous to the letting out of the contract, in a newspaper published in the parish of Rapides, and by notice posted up in the town of Alexandria, and by such other publication as the Board may direct during the same time, and the parties wishing to bid for such contract shall be required to make their bids by sealed proposals, which shall be opened at a public meeting of the Board by the President, on a day previously fixed, and the contract shall be awarded to the lowest solvent bidder, who shall give bond and security for the faithful execution of the same according to the published specifications.
3457. [Sec. 13.] The Board of Administrators shall have no power to contract any debts, borrow money, issue drafts, or make any contract, or incur any liability, connected with the administration of said asylum beyond the amount appropriated by the Legislature and the revenue of the institution for such purpose; and no such contract, debt, or liability thus incurred, by any of said officers, shall be binding on the State, nor shall the State, in any manner, be liable for same.
Examination by Asylum Physician.
3458. [Sec. 14.] [Sec. 14.] The physician of the asylum shall professionally examine the lunatic or insane person sent to the asylum by the authority of the District Judge, and if, in his opinion, said person is only feigning insanity, being a person charged with felonious crime, he shall report to the Board, who shall investigate the facts, and, if, in the judgment of the majority, said person should not be admitted as an inmate of the asylum, the President of said Board shall cause such person feigning insanity and who has been previously committed to
prison for a crime, to be confined in the parish jail, and shall immediately inform the president of the police jury of the parish, or the proper authority in the parish of Orleans, where the rejected person has his domicile, of the fact, and the reason for his or her rejection, and the provisions of this section shall also apply to such persons charged with a crime who afterwards recover and become sane in said asylum. The sheriff of the parish of Rapides, or his deputy, shall, within reasonable delay, convey said person feigning insanity to the parish of his or her domicile, for which duty the sheriff shall have the right to demand the same fees which are now allowed by law for the conveyance of convicts to the penitentiary of the State, which shall be paid out of the parish treasury on the order of the president of the police jury of the parish of the domicile of the person rejected by the Board of Administrators or the proper authority in the parish of Orleans.
3459. [Sec. 16.] Whenever any convict serving a sentence in the penitentiary of this State shall become insane, it shall be the duty of the Board of Control of the State Penitentiary to present a petition to the District Court where said penitentiary is located, setting forth the insanity of such convict, and praying for his or her interdiction and removal from the penitentiary to the Asylum or Hospital for the Insane, whereupon it shall be the duty of the judge to whom such a petition is presented to order the said convict whose interdiction is prayed for brought before him, and to hear and determine the question of the person's insanity in the same manner and by such proofs as are now required by the law for the interdiction of other insane persons, and if after hearing the evidence, the judge shall be satisfied that the said convict has become insane during his or her imprisonment, he shall order the removal of said convict from the penitentiary to said Asylum or Hospital for the Insane.
Upon the recovery of his or her sanity, the person so indicted shall be returned to the penitentiary, there to serve out the unexpired portion of his or her sentence; provided, that the expired portion of said interdict's sentence shall be reckoned from the time when the sentence first begun in the penitentiary. (Amd. Act 143, 1904, p. 315.)
When a convict has been sent to the penitentiary to await death sentence, the district court of the parish where the penitentiary is alone has jurisdiction to try the issue of insanity and to commit to an asylum, State vs. Oteri, 129 La. 921.
APPORTIONMENT OF INMATES.
3460. [Sec. 1, Act 154, 1906, p. 260.] For the purpose of providing for the disposition and distribution of insane persons entitled to admission in the State institutions for the insane, the State of Louisiana is divided into two districts, as follows:
First District. Ascension, Assumption, Concordia, East Baton Rouge, East Carroll, East Feliciana, Iberville, Jefferson, Lafourche, Livingston, Madison, Orleans, Plaquemines, Pointe Coupee, St. Bernard, St. Charles, St. Helena, St. James, St. John, St. Tammany, Tangipahoa, Tensas, Terrebonne, Washington, West Baton Rouge and West Feliciana.
The Second District composed of the parishes of Avoyelles, Bienville, Bossier, Caddo, Calcasieu, Caldwell, Cameron, Catahoula, Claiborne, De Soto, Grant, Franklin, Iberia, Jackson, Lafayette, Lincoln, Morehouse, Natchitoches, Ouachita, Rapides Red River, Richland, Sabine, Union, Vernon, Webster, Winn, Acadia, St. Landry, Vermilion, West Carroll, St. Martin and St. Mary.
3461. [Sec. 2.] All insane persons from the First District shall be sent to and received by "The Insane Asylum of Louisiana," situated at Jackson, and all insane persons from the Second District shall be sent to and received by the Louisiana Hospital for Insane of the State of Louisiana, situated at Pineville.
When Either Asylum Crowded.
3462. [Sec. 3.] When owing to the crowded condition of either institution it is unable to receive an insane person for whose admission application has been legally made, said person may be received in the other institution on application to the superintendent of same by the sheriff in charge of the insane person, said application to be accompanied by a statement from the superintendent of the institution to which under this Act, the said insane person should be sent that it is not able to pro
vide for such insane person. And no person shall be received in either institution from outside its district, on account of the crowded condition of the other, except on application, as above provided.
Transfer of Inmates.
3463. [Sec. 4.] The Board of Administrators, through their executive committees, may, in their discretion, consent to and provide for the transfer from time to time, and as convenient, of such patients already inmates of one or the other institution for the insane, or who shall hereafter be admitted when their residence is in another district.
POSTAL RIGHTS OF INMATES OF INSANE ASYLUMS.
Inmates May Choose Confidential Correspondent.
3464. [Sec. 1, Act 152, 1888, p. 213.] Each and every inmate of each and every insane asylum, both public and private, in the State of Louisiana, shall be allowed to choose one individual from the outside world to whom he or she may write when and whatever he or she desires; and over these letters to this individual, there shall be no censorship exercised or allowed by any of the asylum officials or employes; but their postoffice, so far as this one individual is concerned, shall be as free and unrestricted as are those of any other resident or citizen of the State of Louisiana, and shall be under the protection of the same postal laws; and each and every inmate shall have the right to make a new choice of this individual party every three months, if he or she so desires to do; and it is here made the duty of the superintendent to furnish each and every inmate of every insane asylum in this State, either public or private with suitable material for writing, inclosing, sealing, stamping and mailing letters, sufficient at least for the writing of one letter a week, provided they request the same, unless they are otherwise furnished with such material; and all such letters shall be dropped by the writer thereof, accompanied by an attendant when necessary, into a postoffice box provided by the State at the insane asylum, and kept in some place easy of access to all the patients; the attendant is required in all cases to see that this letter is directed to the patient's correspondent, and if it is not so directed, it must be held subject to the superintendent's disposal; and the contents of these boxes shall be collected