City, sheriff get more time to discuss Orleans jail issues
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has given attorneys for the city of New Orleans and Orleans Parish Sheriff Marlin Gusman more time to come up with a plan for long-term housing of mentally ill inmates.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk's order on Friday approved a deadline extension requested by the city and the Sheriff's Office. Acutely mentally ill inmates from New Orleans currently are housed at the state's Hunt Correctional facility in St. Gabriel.
Africk had set a Friday deadline for an agreement on longer term housing of the mentally ill inmates and for a framework on handling the sheriff's jail funding requests from the city.
Under the latest order, the two sides not have until Feb. 12 to reach the agreement.