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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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Orleans Parish Prison
7:00 am
Tue April 2, 2013

New Orleans Jail Violence Detailed in Federal Court Hearings

Consent decree hearing begins in federal court.

Problems at the New Orleans jail are being revealed in graphic testimony under way in federal court. A judge is hearing what’s wrong with jail management, and what’s the solution.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Fri March 29, 2013

New Orleans Mayor Warns Of Cuts From Consent Decrees

Mayor Landrieu addresses the City Council at an emergency meeting he requested.
Credit Eileen Fleming / WWNO

Mayor Landrieu predicts severe cuts if police and jail consent decrees implemented simultaneously.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu gave a bleak assessment to the City Council about consent decrees designed to reform the police department and jail. The mayor warns that severe cutbacks are in store if both reform plans take effect in this budget year.

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Consent Decree
11:35 am
Thu March 28, 2013

Full Text of Mayor Mitch Landrieu's Consent Decree Presentation

Mayor Mitch Landrieu outlined dire circumstances on the horizon in an emergency meeting of the New Orleans City Council Thursday morning, warning that the city will be forced to drastically cut services and furlough public safety employees if they adhere to the U.S. Department of Justice's consent decree mandating changes at the Orleans Parish jail complex.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Tue March 19, 2013

Labor Secretary Nominee Linked To NOPD Consent Decree

Assistant Attorney General Thomas Perez remarks in New Orleans on July 24, 2012.

A Justice Department official pivotal to the New Orleans Police Department consent decree is now the Obama Administration’s nominee to head the Labor Department.

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Latest News
7:00 am
Wed March 6, 2013

Mayor Landrieu Set To Fight Federal Consent Decrees

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu is gearing up for a battle over implementing two consent decrees designed to reform the city police department and jail.  

Mayor Landrieu facing political land mines in fighting federal reform plans.

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Orleans Parish Prison
10:05 am
Sat March 2, 2013

New Orleans Seeks Rejection of Jail Reform Plan

The City of New Orleans is asking a federal court to reject a proposed reform plan for the Orleans Parish Prison — a plan that the city says it will have to pay for even though the Orleans Parish Sheriff runs the facility.

The U.S. Justice Department and Sheriff Marlin Gusman agreed to the plan in December. That upset city officials who said it will add to the city's financial burden under a separate reform plan for the New Orleans Police Department.

11:45 am
Thu February 21, 2013

Group Says Justice Dept. Should Supervise NOPD

A community group in New Orleans says the city should not be allowed to get out of a court-backed agreement to reform the police department.

"Community United for Change" filed papers in federal court Wednesday opposing the city's move to vacate the agreement. Instead, the group says, the court should consider putting the New Orleans Police Department under U.S. Justice Department supervision.

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Jail Consent Decree
5:20 pm
Thu January 24, 2013

Judge Grants Preliminary Okay for New Orleans Jail Reforms

A federal judge has granted preliminary approval of an agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans that's designed to clean up the city-funded jail.

The consent decree with Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman calls for him to provide adequate medical and mental health care and overhaul policies on use of force and rape prevention, among other reforms. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's approval Tuesday is a step towards implementing some of those reforms.

7:00 pm
Mon January 14, 2013

Federal Judge Approves Police Reforms

Despite objections from the city, a federal judge has approved a sweeping agreement between the Justice Department and the city of New Orleans designed to clean up the city's troubled Police Department.

Mayor Mitch Landrieu had invited Justice Department intervention in the department soon after taking office in 2010 and had sought the agreement as a way of putting reforms into law. But throughout months of negotiations, he had expressed concerns about the potential costs.

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