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7:25 am
Tue June 3, 2014

Panel Reports Improvements In New Orleans Jail Fire Safety

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A federal court-appointed panel is reporting progress in improving fire safety at a section of the New Orleans jail.

In a report filed at the court Monday, the panel said padlocks on some doors in a holding area known as "the docks" have been replaced with key locks installed in the doors. The padlocks were considered a fire safety hazard.

The report also said the fire sprinkler system at the docks is fully operational. And it outlined repairs and upgrades still in the works, including improvements to alarm and ventilation systems.

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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.
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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.

The Lens
12:39 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Paying For Prison Consent Decree Big Question In Proposed New Orleans Budget

Mayor Mitch Landrieu’s 2014 city budget proposal is complete and ready for City Council review, but there is still one big question mark.

The goal of the Orleans Parish Prison Consent Decree is to bring conditions at the notorious city jail into constitutional compliance, but it will not come cheaply. The Landrieu administration believes it will cost about $7 million per year, while Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman has estimated the price tag will be much higher — at $22.5 million per year. 

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Latest News
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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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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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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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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