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6:01 pm
Thu April 17, 2014

Temporary Agreement Reached For Orleans Parish Prison

Orleans Parish Prison must be upgraded, according to a federal consent decree.
Bart Everson Flickr

Lawyers for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman have reached an agreement, for now, on how to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to reform the city’s violent jail.

The sheriff’s office is under federal court order to improve conditions at the jail.

Today’s agreement covers about one-quarter of nearly $1.9 million provided last year for extra security, medical workers and pay raises for staff at the current jail.

The remaining money will be used to look at numerous other issues, like plans for a new jail set to open later this year.

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5:55 pm
Tue April 8, 2014

Federal Judge Rules On Off-Duty NOPD Details

A federal judge dealt New Orleans police officer groups a stiff blow in their bid to undo the new city-run system for managing paid details.
Dickelbers Wikimedia Commons

A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit challenging the new system of police off-duty paid details, siding with New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu's administration.

The new policy is a major piece of a wide-ranging consent decree between the city and the U.S. Department of Justice, aimed at overhauling the police department.

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7:00 am
Thu August 8, 2013

Federal Judge Weighs Jail Consent Decree

Sheriff Marlin Gusman at a news conference a few months ago, discussing the jail consent decree.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

The cost of the consent decree reforming the city jail is under review.

A federal judge is deciding how New Orleans will pay for reforming its troubled jail. The price tag will be split between the city and sheriff.

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7:00 am
Mon June 10, 2013

Jail Funding Battle Heads To Federal Court

A federal judge will hear arguments over the consent decree designed to reform the New Orleans jail.

The New Orleans criminal justice system will be center stage at federal court proceedings set to begin this week. The city argues it can’t pay for fixing the police department and jail at the same time.

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7:00 am
Tue June 4, 2013

Justice Department Asks Appeals Court To Lift Stay On Police Monitor

Justice Department argues in favor of police consent decree process.

The Justice Department has answered concerns of the City of New Orleans over the plan to reform the police department. It wants the federal appeals court to put the process back on track.

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Consent Decree
7:00 am
Fri May 31, 2013

Federal Appeals Court Sides With Mayor On Consent Decree

Police consent decree gets a temporary stay.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu has gotten a reprieve — of sorts — from the consent decree process aimed at reforming the police department. But it’s just a temporary measure.

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Orleans Parish Prison
6:41 pm
Tue April 9, 2013

City Files For Receivership Of Orleans Parish Prison

The City of New Orleans formally petitioned the U.S. District Court in New Orleans to place a federal receiver in charge of the Orleans Parish Prison complex and related facilities, Mayor Mitch Landrieu's office announced Tuesday evening.

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7:00 am
Fri April 5, 2013

Sheriff Gusman Spars With Mayor Landrieu Over Jail Conditions

Sheriff Marlin Gusman holds a news conference at the jail that's under construction.
Eileen Fleming WWNO

Sheriff Gusman blasts critics at a news conference.

Sheriff Marlin Gusman spent six hours testifying at the federal court hearing over a consent decree to reform his jail. He then took aim at his critics at a news conference.

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Consent Decree
6:37 pm
Thu April 4, 2013

Sheriff Gusman Fires Back At Jail Critics

Sheriff Gusman's news conference on conditions at the Orleans Parish Prison.

The sheriff in charge of the overcrowded and violent New Orleans jail is firing back at critics. Sheriff Marlin Gusman favors a federal consent decree, while Mayor Mitch Landrieu says a federal receiver should be in charge.

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Orleans Parish Prison
7:00 am
Thu April 4, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Wants Federal Monitor to Operate City Jail

Mayor Landrieu outlines plans for state legislative package and jail reform.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is outlining his plan for state legislation to help the city. He’s asking the federal government — not the state — to help reform the troubled city jail.

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