Orleans Parish Prison

Latest News
7:00 am
Wed December 12, 2012

New Orleans Looks For Ways To Fund Jail Reform

Critics say New Orleans underfunds city jail.

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

A plan for improvements at the Orleans Parish jail complex.

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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New Orleans Jail
10:37 am
Tue April 24, 2012

Feds Find 'Alarming Conditions' at N.O. Jail

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The Justice Department says its recent inspection of the New Orleans jail found "alarming conditions" and uncovered persistently high rates of prisoner-on-prisoner violence and staff misconduct. Authorities have been negotiating terms of a consent decree that would require certain changes at Orleans Parish Prison.

The Lens: Orleans Parish Prison
2:01 pm
Wed April 11, 2012

Gusman closes House of Detention

Gusman and his top brass announced he is closing the House of Detention.
Tom Gogola The Lens

Surrounded by deputies, Orleans Parish Sherriff Marlin Gusman announced today that he is closing the Orleans Parish Prison House of Detention facility on Perdido Street.

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Reports
5:05 pm
Mon April 2, 2012

Federal Lawsuit Alleges Brutal Conditions in Orleans Parish Prison

The Southern Poverty Law Center is suing officials in charge of the New Orleans jail. The group says inmates are subjected to violence and held in inhumane conditions.

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