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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.