Judge Orders Changes in New Orleans Jail Plan; Lacks Med Clinic


A federal judge on Wednesday ordered Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman to submit new plans by Friday for a jail building currently under construction because it lacks medical and mental-health facilities, reports the New Orleans Times-Picayune. U.S. District Judge Lance Africk first grilled Gusman’s attorneys in early June about what he called the “troubling” lack of the necessary medical accommodations, whose absence was brought to light by the co-plaintiffs in a consent decree mandating an overhaul of the long-troubled Orleans Parish Prison.

Wednesday’s order came during a hearing at which an attorney for the city grilled Gusman on his finances in an effort to convince Africk that the sheriff should have to pay at least some of the consent decree’s costs, which could total $22 million a year for at least two years to bring the jail up to constitutional standards. The city, under state law, is required to pay for inmate care.

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