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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.

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.

Autopsy results are pending in the apparent suicide of an inmate at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

West Feliciana Parish Sheriff J. Austin Daniel told the Advocate Monday that authorities found 33-year-old Kriss Lane hanging in his cell at Angola's main prison complex shortly before 3 p.m. Friday.

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.  


Tickets are on sale for the spring rodeo at the Louisiana State Penitentiary at Angola.

Events are scheduled for April 20-21.

The Advocate reports that all seats are priced at $15. The prison gates will open to visitors at 9 a.m. each day.

Rodeo performances begin at 2 p.m.

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.

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.

Two Rapides Parish inmates who walked away from a detention center have been recaptured.

The sheriff's office told The Town Talk Thursday that both 48-year-old Ronald Vantress and 27-year-old Raymond Weston escaped Wednesday and were found and taken into custody without incident. Each has been booked on a charge of simple escape.

Weston, of Alexandria, was serving time for narcotics convictions while Vantress, of New Orleans, was serving time for a felony theft conviction.

The Louisiana Department of Public Safety and Corrections has boosted its reward from $1,000 to $2,500 for a woman who escaped from the Louisiana Correctional Institute for Women at St. Gabriel.

Crimestoppers also is offering $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of 33-year-old Keana Barnes, who escaped early New Year's Day while serving 25 years for manslaughter.

Barnes is from the New Orleans area. Department Secretary Jimmy Le Blanc says anyone found helping her evade capture will face consequences.

Louisiana State Penitentiary Warden Burl Cain says he'd never heard of an inmate breaking out of jail just to seek a transfer to another prison, but that's what a New Orleans offender serving time for armed robbery attempted early Friday.

Cain tells The Advocate he received a call around 12:40 a.m. at his residence about a prison break at Elayn Hunt Correctional Center in St. Gabriel.

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