Orleans Parish Prison

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

Mayor Landrieu Wants Federal Monitor to Operate City Jail

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

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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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.

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.

Latest News
7:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

New Orleans Looks For Ways To Fund Jail Reform

The City of New Orleans is reviewing a consent decree designed to revamp operations at the parish jail. Federal officials are looking to the city to correct conditions they found unconstitutional.

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Latest News
5:00 pm
Tue December 11, 2012

Consent Decree Outlines Jail Reforms

The New Orleans jail now has a plan to fix its troubled record of inmate violence and staff misconduct. The problem now is how to pay for improvements.

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Orleans Parish Prison
12:43 pm
Wed September 26, 2012

DOJ seeks to join lawsuit against Orleans prison

The U.S. Justice Department is asking to join a class action lawsuit that accuses Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman of overseeing a jail that routinely subjects prisoners to brutal, inhumane conditions.

The federal agency filed a request Monday in federal court, asking to be included as a plaintiff in the lawsuit filed in April by the Southern Poverty Law Center contending the jail's conditions violate the U.S. Constitution.

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6:19 pm
Mon August 27, 2012

Locked Up Without a Key in New Orleans

Lead in text: 
Whether public defenders are funded by the state, county, city or some combination thereof, governments across the country are sacrificing lawyers for the poor and putting the constitutionally guaranteed right to counsel at risk.
This is the first in a series of articles investigating the failed promise of Gideon v. Wainwright. It was reported in partnership with the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute.   On April 18, 2011, New Orleans police arrested Clarence Jones, a 41-year-old black man.
Prison Escape
6:37 pm
Sun April 29, 2012

One OPP escapee still being sought after slipping under fence Saturday night

Inmates at the Temporary Detention Center sleep in dormitory-style bunks.
Tom Gogola The Lens

One of two inmates who escaped from Orleans Parish Prison Saturday is back in custody, though authorities were still searching for the other earlier today, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Sherrick Brumfield, 27, who was awaiting trial on second degree battery charges, remains free.   Reginald Young, 22, was being held on armed robbery, kidnapping, and other charges. Young surrendered to authorities at 2:13 a.m. Sunday.

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